Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson

Good Morning Campers, it's time to rise and shine.

"The Last Meeting" by Everett B.D.F. Julio - 1869

Today is Saturday, May 02, 2015. On this day in 1863, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after a reconnaissance patrol during the Battle of Chancellorsville.

He died of his wounds eight days later. A little known fact about this event is that he is buried in two places. Shortly following the incident, his left arm was amputated. It was buried at a cemetery at Elmwood Manor near Chancellorsville, VA. After he died, the rest of his body is buried on South Main Street in Lexington, VA. The painting you see above is the famous, romanticized image of Lee and Jackson's last meeting before Jackson is shot.

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