Appomattox Chapter 11, Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson weekend event, May 11-13, 2007
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Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson from Chancellorsville

 to Lynchburg and Lexington

 

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was mortally wounded, near Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, when he was shot by his own men while returning to his camp at night. Dr. Hunter H. McGuire attended to Jackson and amputated his arm. General Jackson died on May 10, 1863 of pneumonia.  Jackson’s body was then transported by train from Fredericksburg to Richmond.

 

The train was met in Richmond by a great number of mourners at The Broad Street Station as well as at Capitol Square. His body would lie in state at the Capitol on the 12th of May and then moved to the Governor’s Mansion the following morning where the funeral service took place.

 

Following the funeral the casket was moved to the Virginia Central Railroad Depot for the trip to Gordonsville and then transferred to the Orange and Alexandria line for the last part of the trip to Lynchburg. The train carried the body of Jackson, close friends and family as well as Virginia Governor John Letcher and his wife.

 

The train arrived in Lynchburg at about 6:30 pm on the 13th of May at which time  the remains were removed and placed in a hearse and the procession began to the Packet Boat Marshall Landing at Ninth Street and the canal. Church bells rang and guns fired one-minute salvos throughout the procession. The funeral route was lined with mourners and about 1500 recovering soldiers – all there to honor one of the Confederacy’s greatest Generals. Many of these maimed and suffering soldiers were General Jackson’s war worn veterans.  That evening a special funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church with James B. Ramsey officiating. Miss Ida W. Jones of Appomattox, who reported on the Confederate Honor Guard and the attendance of Mrs. Jackson and her daughter Julia, gave an eyewitness account of this service.

 

The packet boat,  Marshall, left Lynchburg at about 10:00 pm for the final portion of the journey to Lexington. Residents of the area crossed to the canal side of the river to witness the boats passing with lanterns and torches. 

 

Citizens of all walks of life wanted to witness General Jackson’s last trip to Lexington, his home and final resting place. 

 

 

 

“The Marshall is an extremely unique piece of history. Although it enjoyed a long career as a packet boat on the James River, it is remembered most for an 1863 trip in which it carried the remains of Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from Lynchburg to burial at Lexington. Nothing else in Civil War history quite matches this incident. Since Jackson’s death was the severest personal loss of the Southern states in the Civil War, the Marshall has far more historical value than has been shown to it up to this time. It deserves a better fate through restoration and publicity.”

Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr.

 

Dr. Robertson highly endorses this program, but due to prior engagements,  could not be present.

 

  

 On May 12, 2007 the Lynchburg Historical Foundation sponsored a reenactment of the procession of General Stonewall Jackson’s remains from the Orange and Alexandria Railroad to the Packet Boat Marshall. 

  For  contributions to the Packet Boat Preservation Fund, please contact Sally A. Schneider, Exec. Director,  Lynchburg Historical Foundation at 434-528-5353 or fax 434-528-9413 or email lhfi@centralva.net or www.lynchburghistoricalfoundation.org

 

A living history exhibit/encampment was held at Riverfront Park on Jefferson Street. There were sutlers, children's activities, bus tours to historic sites, music and much more. 

 

The Appomattox Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was a sponor of the program and played a major role in this presentation. Mrs. Laurie Lenz was on the planning committee.  Mrs. Carol Williams (Chapter President) and her daughter Laural Williams portrayed Mary Anna Jackson and her daughter Julia.  Many other chapter members participated in the procession.

 

Reading of the Proclamation, May 13, 1863
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Mayor William D. Branch, portrayed by Randy Parr

Riderless Horse "Little Sorrel"
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Escort portrayed by Sandy Lucus, 2nd VA CAV, CO C

Appomattox Chapter 11, UDC & Widows
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processional along Jefferson Street

General Robert E. Lee and his Lieutenants
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processional along Jefferson Street

UDC and Civilians
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processional along Jefferson Street

Jackson Family Surry
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Carol Williams as Mary Anna and Laural as Julia Jackson

Pause of processional
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Church Street near Monument Terrace and Allied Arts Bldg.

Pallbearers carrying the Casket
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Nelson Grays Camp # 2123, SCV

Rifle Salute to Stonewall Jackson
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Longstreet's Corps, 11th & 18th Virginia Infantry, CO G

Cannon Salute
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1st Stuart Horse Artillery

Paying Respects to General Thomas J. Jackson
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Longstreet's Corps, 11th &18th Virginia Infantry, CO G