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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 566

On Sunday, May 10, 1863 Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson succumbed to his injuries.  Wounded by his own men at Chancellorsville, Jackson had developed pneumonia after the amputation of an arm. 

In his last, delirious moments, once again ordering his Confederates into battle, he suddenly noted in a calm voice, “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”  With that, Jackson died. 

Lee wept when he learned of the death of his friend and chief lieutenant.  A solemn honor guard escorted Jackson’s remains to Lexington, Kentucky, while the entire South mourned his death and throughout the region flags were dipped in mourning.  Indeed, the South had lost one of its best fighting soldiers.  But in death the legend of the “Gallant Stonewall” was forever insured.