Hey, Y’all and Happy Confederate Memorial Day! I’m back with another 10 Totally Random Facts post! It’s been…*Checks to see when the last one was* nine months since I did one! Yikes! Well, it’s high time we bring this series back! May 10th is the anniversary of the death of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson. Only 39 years old when he died, this amazing Confederate General is respected by northerners and southerners alike. Below, to celebrate this fine Christian’s memory, I’ve got 10 Totally Random Facts about him! Enjoy!
1. Stonewall Jackson is not a West Virginian. I’m sorry to all you Mountaineers out there, but Stonewall Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Va. Today, yes, this is part of West Virginia. But West Virginia wasn’t a state at the time and did not become a state until over a month after his death.
2. Stonewall Jackson was a teetotaler. Finding out as a young man that he had a natural desire for tobacco and alcohol, Jackson decided then and there that he would have no part in them. He feared anything a man could become addicted to. In fact, when he was wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville, when his men tried to give him whiskey to dull the pain, he initially refused to drink it. (During that time soldiers carried it into battle as a medication/disinfectant. They didn’t have many of the medications we have today. This is not a justification, just an explanation.)
3. He only lost one battle. That’s right! Only one battle stained his pristine record, the Battle of Kernstown. (Read about this battle in my book “Our Heritage to Save” to find out why he lost this battle…and if he was really to blame!)
4. He had three children. Stonewall was married twice. His first wife, Elinor Junkin, gave birth to a stillborn son in 1854, who they never named. Elinor died shortly after her son. Later he married Mary Anna Morrison. They had a daughter, Mary Graham, who died in 1858 of a liver dysfunction. In 1862, Julia Laura was born, the only surviving child of Stonewall Jackson.
5. His horse’s name was “Little Sorrel.” Stonewall had originally purchased the horse from the Confederate war department as a gift for his wife. The horse had been captured from a Union supply line during the early days of the war. After riding the horse for a bit, he decided to keep him and send Anna another. People teased that the General’s feet would drag the ground because the sorrel was so little. The name stuck, making him the most famous Confederate war horse, next to Traveler 😊
6. The Bayonet was his favorite weapon. Gen. Jackson believed in keeping the peace if possible, but once a war was begun, he believed in getting it over with. He had his men drilled with the bayonet, some believe, to an excess, making sure they knew how to use it. His famous nickname came about because of a bayonet, actually. Confederate Gen. Bernard Bee approached him during the First Battle of Manassas Junction and informed him that Bee’s men were being beaten back. Gen. Jackson replied, “Well then, sir, we will give them the bayonet!” After this bold statement, Bee returned to his men and declared, “Rally men! Look, there is Jackson, standing like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” From that point on, Jackson was known as “Stonewall” and his men as “The Stonewall Brigade.” In fact, after the General’s death, the men got their brigade’s name officially changed from the 1st Virginia Brigade to the Stonewall Brigade.
7. Jackson had a sister who supported the Union. Laura Jackson Arnold and Stonewall had always been very close until the War Between the States erupted. Laura supported the Union, while Stonewall became the most loved General of the South. She said once that she would patch up the Union soldiers as fast as her brother could wound them. They never saw each other again. But even though she broke off their relationship, Stonewall showed his unending love for his little sister by naming his daughter Julia Laura, after his mother and sister, respectively.
8. Stonewall only bought one home. While a professor at the Virginia Military Institute, he bought a home on Washington Street. Today, it is the Home of the Stonewall Jackson House Museum. I’ve never been there, but it’s on my bucket list!
9. He gave himself a middle name. Stonewall was the only child in his family that didn’t have a middle name. It bothered him, especially when he was to enroll at the United States Military Academy at West Point. So, when his turn came to sign his name, he added his deceased father’s name to his own, Thomas Jonathan Jackson.
10. He married a North Carolina Gal! Yes, Mary Anna Morrison was a Tar Heel girl, even though the nickname came about during the war. Another fun fact about her family is that her sister Isabella was married to D. H. Hill, another Confederate General, and friend of Stonewall Jackson!
I could easily have made this into a 20+ Totally Random Facts post, but it’s got to end somewhere. 😊 Thank you for baring with me as I bragged on my absolute favorite American Hero! He was truly a great man of God and there are not enough words to express how I feel about him!
Something to think about: What are some of your favorite facts about Stonewall Jackson? If you have a blog, why not list your favorites there in honor of his memory? If you don’t, share them with a friend!
Supporting my Heritage,
Hello everyone! Today, I have the new installment of our series on the Soldier's Life. As I said before, it can be hard to dig up information on certain topics of the Civil War and while this may come as a bit of a surprise, Drummers are one of the hardest to access information on. Over many months of reading articles, snippets from books and talking to historians and reenactors who make this their life study, I have compiled what I learned here in one article. I hope other researchers find this helpful. So let's get started!
Ryana Lynn: Burdy, first off would you mind telling us how you got your nickname?
Burdy: Well, when I came to the 2nd Va. Regiment to try out as a drummer, I knew if I were going to stay, I'd have to make the fellows like me. So I did everything I could to get on their good side. I ran errands, tidied up tents and field desks, tended horses and brought up wood, even when it wasn't my turn to do it. My first friend in the regiment, Sgt. Richard Mason told me one night that I was a burden bearer, like the Bible verse that says “Bear ye one anothers burdens.” They called me Burden Bearer at first, then shortened it to Burdy. Now, I only get called my real name if it's something official...or if I'm in trouble.
Ryana Lynn: Where are you from originally?
Burdy: I was born in Kansas near a place called Osawatomie. After my Pa died, Ma took me back east to Virginia to live with my grandparents.
Ryana Lynn: Do you have any siblings?
Burdy: Nope, I'm an only child, but I feel like I've got a great big family now that I'm with the company...though I would like to have a sister sometimes...
Ryana Lynn: Haha, I'm sure you do! What is your favorite part of being a drummer?
Burdy: The campfire! Every night that we can, we gather around the campfire, talk, sing, discuss Bible passages together and just relax. It's times like that that make me really feel like I have a family I can call my own.
Ryana Lynn: What do you dislike the most about being a drummer?
Burdy: Practicing the call for retreat. So far, I've not used it, and I never want to. Besides, Southerners don't even know what that word means!
Ryana Lynn: Quite true! Thank you for your time, Burdy!
Burdy: My pleasure!
Well, that's all for now! Thank you for spending a little bit of your day will us here at Life of Heritage! Have a great weekend!
Hello, everyone! Hope you’re having a beautiful day! Today I’m back with a post another Ten Totally Random Facts post, this time about Shiloh. And as a bonus, I’m gonna give you an excerpt from “Our Heritage to Save” at the end of this post regarding the battle of Shiloh, without giving too many spoilers, :P
So, without further ado, here we go!
I hope you enjoyed these facts from the Battle of Shiloh. Now for the excerpt. *Drumroll Please*
Excerpt from “Our Heritage to Save” Chapter 10: Patriotism or Pity?
Early on the morning of April 6th, Drew dozed in his tent, not quite wanting to get up yet, but knowing he probably should. He rolled over. Maybe just a few more minutes…
“Look out!” he heard someone shout. “The Rebels are coming!”
Drew jumped to his feet and jerked his jacket on. He threw his ammunition belt around his waist and picked up his gun. “Form a line and fire!” Capt. Badin shouted.
We must look ridiculous, Drew thought as he loaded his gun. None of us are uniformed properly and we are all half asleep!
They fired a volley into the advancing gray clad men and boys. It did nothing to stop them. Drew began to reload his gun. “Fall back!” The boys in blue turned quickly and nearly tripped over each other trying to get out of there.
Drew and Ethan found themselves running side by side. Ethan was attempting to load his gun as he ran, though not being too successful.
Just when he thought he would be able to pull out ahead and escape the barrage of Confederate fire, Drew tripped over a fallen tree, sending him sprawling to the ground. It took him a few moments to realize what had happened and regain his feet, but no sooner had he accomplished this than someone tackled him from behind…and he wasn’t wearing a blue uniform!
Excerpt from Chapter 11: A Sparrow Falls
Drew groaned as pain shot through his body. He twisted himself around and caught a glimpse of the soldier attacking him; a Confederate corporal.
Knowing he had to do something, Drew raised his foot and caught the soldier in the knee. With a shout of pain, the soldier staggered backwards.
That was all Drew needed. He jumped to his feet and took off running after his fleeing companions. They were running toward the river, but few would make it. Drew forced himself to keep his eyes on the “trail” ahead of him and not to look at the ground. “I’m tired of war,” he said to himself as he ran. “I wish we’d just let them have their own country!”
The officers tried to get the men to stop and fire back, but all was in vain. The men ran faster than they ever had before. By 9:00 a.m., the Yankee front had collapsed.
To find out more about the Battle of Shiloh (And what happens to Drew!) purchase “Our Heritage to Save” from my Publications page. I look forward to hearing from you!
Until Next time,
Sorry I haven't posted in so long, but as you know my family is in the ministry and regular updates are not an option for me. But I have been kicking around a few post ideas, so hopefully one will be formulating soon. :)
Just thought I'd let you know that Our Heritage to Save's cover photo is now posted on my publications page. Check it out!
Also, Book 3, The Rivers of Sorrow is coming along very well! Hopefully, me and my editor (Mom) will start edits in February.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions for me about my books or the Civil War, please drop me a line! That's what I'm here for!
Of course, if you haven't purchased my books, I encourage you to do so! You'll find information on the books on the publications page and what people are saying about it on my Recommendations page.
Have a Blessed Day!
Just a quick post to let you know that Book 2 in The Battle for Heritage Series is now available for purchase! I hope you'll check out my Publications page and order your copy today! I will be uploading the cover photo soon...I wasn't expecting to get them back from the printers this soon, so I'm a little behind on prep :) The Cannon photo in the header graphic is the cover photo, though it's not transparent. Please drop me a line and let me know what you think once you've read your copy! (I'll need some Recommendations for the page won't I?)
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and I'll try to have a new History Post soon :)
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