Stonewall Jackson

Born Thomas Jackson, this Southern general was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute when the Civil War began. He won his nickname, Stonewall, for his tough action as an officer at the First Battle of Bull

Run. He won his fame as an expert in strategy and tactics and for victories in the Shenandoah Valley. Jackson was also a victim of bad luck. In May, 1863, he was wounded by North Carolina troops in an accident at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, and died several days later.


George Brinton McClellan led the Union's Army of the Potomac through the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, in September, 1862. After that inconclusive fight, he was fired by President Lincoln. He ran against Lincoln as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 1864. Following the war, he was governor of New Jersey.

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