General “Stonewall” Jackson, 1863
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Sculpture: Eduard Pérez
Painting: Fernando Ruiz
Number of parts of the kit: 14 plus photoetched parts
Scale: 75 mm
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General Thomas J. Jackson was one of the most memorable, efficient and successful generals throughout the American Civil War, and for most of the historians he is the best commander of the war.
In his series of novels about the Civil War, Joseph A. Altsheler presents Jackson as a very religious, reflexive and pragmatic man, who led his men to the battle, always bold and reliant of their victory. He was born in Clarksburg, Virginia, on January 21th, 1824. After his graduation in 1846 at West Point, he took part in the war against Mexico (1846-1848) in the Artillery branch. In 1851 he became professor in the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).
He got his famous nickname “Stonewall” at the battle of First Bull Run, when facing a hard combat, he stood firm towards the firing line; General Barnard Elliott Bee Jr. saw him and, to encourage the troops, he said: “There is Jackson, standing like a stone wall!” But his most celebrated triumph arrived during the Valley Campaign of 1862. Being outnumbered in nearly eight to one, he managed to fight four battles defeating four federal armies. That was possible thanks to his skills on strategy and the hard discipline he imposed in the army. Under his command, and marching quickly and light of baggage, his men were capable to walk 35 miles in a day. High speed marches provided him the advantage to take by surprise the federal army in each confrontation. His “foot cavalry”, nickname by which his men are remembered even today, were responsible of dare and hard military deeds. One of these men remembered: “All Old Jack ever gave us were a blanket and forty rounds, and drove us like the Hell”. Although being very strict with them, they were always ready to follow him everywhere.
At the battle of Second Bull Run (1862), he became the hero of the Confederacy, leading the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia to assist Lee to win the battle. Later on, during the Maryland Campaign, in September of 1862, was he again who saved Lee to be destroyed by the larger Federal Army of the Potomac. At the end of these series of battles in the Maryland Campaign, in the battle of Chancellorsville during the spring of 1863, General Jackson was wounded by his own troops. When returning to the camp after a night ride of reconnaissance, he was shot accidentally by the sentries. In spite of the cares, he lost his left arm, and eight days later died of complications from his wounds at May 10th, 1863.