Grave Of Stonewall Jackson’s Arm
Ranked #16 of 33 Attractions in Fredericksburg
The fatal wounding of Gen. Jackson on May 2, 1863, is one of the most infamous cases of “friendly fire” in U.S. military history.
In 1863, Stonewall Jackson’s surgeon recommended the removal of his left arm, which had been badly damaged by friendly fire. When a chloroform-soaked cloth was placed over his nose, the Confederate general, in great pain, muttered, “What an infinite blessing,” before going limp.
Internet phenomenons: Is his arm really there? There’s no reason to believe that it’s not there…rumors over the years say it was dug up and reburied..will we ever know the real fate of this most famous appendage?
Alexander (Sandie) Swift Pendleton- I Was Mortally Wounded At Fisher’s Hill
He was asked by General Stonewall Jackson to join his staff as an ordnance officer —- Jackson had known Pendleton from their days together in Lexington, where Jackson was a Professor at the Virginia Military Institute. Pendleton subsequently served as Jackson’s Assistant Adjutant General (Second Corps), and the relationship between Pendleton and Jackson was a close one— it was said that Jackson “loved him like a son.”
Following Jackson’s death at Chancellorsville in May 1863, Pendleton remained as AAG under General Richard S. Ewell and would later serve under Gen. Jubal A. Early. Pendleton married Kate Corbin in December 1863, and the newlyweds were expecting their first child when he was mortally wounded at Fisher’s Hill on September 22, 1864. He died on September 23, and in October his body was returned to Lexington for burial. Kate Corbin Pendleton gave birth to a son, Sandie, in November 1864. The child contracted diphtheria and died in September 1865.
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Two Gettysburg survivors discuss the battle on its 50th anniversary.
Second Manassas Trail on Flickr.
Confederate and Union soldiers shake hands across the wall at the 1938 reunion for the Veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg
**note** the Battle of Gettysburg took place in July 1863, so these men would have been in their 90’s when this picture was taken
FOUND IT. I HAVE FOUND MY TSHIRT