Thursday, May 2, 2013

Jackson is Seriously Wounded

Saturday, May 2, 1863

After his brilliant and successful flank attack in the afternoon General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson began a reconnaissance along the Orange Plank Road to determine the position of the Union army after their retreat. His reconnaissance met with disaster after dark as he approached a Confederate picket line and shots rang out. Jackson was struck by three bullets, two in his left arm and one in his right hand. He was carried by ambulance to the nearby Ellwood Plantation, where his left arm was amputated.1

1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 232.

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