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 Posted: Thu Oct 30th, 2008 12:35 am
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In the News section today there is an article about the "grave" of Stonewall Jackson's arm, at Ellwood, which at the time of the Battle of Chancellorsville--where Jackson received the wound that, along with pneumonia, ultimately ended his life--was in the Lacy family, relatives to Jackson's chaplain.

First of all, the article mostly talks about how if you can you should really visit Ellwood and the gravesite. I totally agree. I was lucky enough, back in 1999 before the NPS began allowing people to tour the place, to know to ask a guide at the Chancellorsville Visitors Center about the place and could I get one of their "special passes" to go see it. At the time, it was like a big secret, and you couldn't drive back the long lane--you had to park off the road and hike back about a half mile. It was so worth it, though. It was truly one of the few times that I felt like I'd stepped back in history. There was no one there, or within shouting distance, but my husband and I, and we had the place to ourselves for a couple hours. The nearest reminder of the present was a tractor in a field a coupe miles off. The last time I was there, a couple years ago, it was a bit more crowded, and there was a lot of work going on inside the house, restoring it. But the article said about 3,000 people visit a year, and I believe it. So if you ever get the chance, go! Even if you have to walk in, its absolutely worth it.

In the article, there was what I think is some misinformation. It says that the Rev. Lacy, Jackson's chaplain, rescued his amputated arm from a pile of arms and legs at the field hospital where Jackson was taken, because he "recognized the uniform." Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't Dr. Hunter Mcguire, his doctor, have had to take off Jackson's shirt and uniform to do the operation, or at least cut the sleeves of both off first? And didn't amputees often simply pin/sew the empty sleeve/leg up, rather than cut the clothing off? I don't doubt Lacy would have wanted to "save" Jackson's arm, but I doubt he would have recognized it by the uniform.

I have always had a fascination about Jackson, and have read as much as I can about him. His brillance, his blind faith in God and the Southern armies, and even his quirks make him a fascinating person to study. Why is it that many of the Southern generals make more fascinating topics of study (in my honest opinion, that is)?


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