Although the demise of ranking officers in battle always caused ripples throughout the South, no death produced the tremors that Stonewall Jackson's did. The Confederacy as a whole mourned the loss of Jackson, who had become one of the fledgling nation's first heroes after his courageous performance at the Battle of First Manassas in July of 1861. What made Jackson's death especially cruel was the fact that he was shot accidentally by Confederate troops following a smashing victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. Although Jackson lost his left arm, his wounds were healing nicely when he died at Guinea Station on May 10, a victim of pneumonia.


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