Stonewall Jackson Papers
About the Jackson Papers (Manuscript 0102)
The VMI Archives holds a significant collection of the personal papers of Civil War General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. The papers consist primarily of Jackson's outgoing personal
are letters written between 1844-1863, spanning his West
Point cadetship, U. S. Army career, professorship at the Virginia
Military Institute, and the Civil War years; the bulk of the items date
from prior to the outbreak of war. Many of the letters were written to
his sister Laura Jackson Arnold. Topics include professional, personal
and domestic matters, religious faith, health and diet, and his family.
The correspondence provides insight into Jackson's personality and
philosophy and presents a portrait of the man as he was in the years
before he gained national fame as a wartime military leader. The collection also includes limited incoming correspondence; the related papers of Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, his second wife, and of his sister Laura Arnold and her family.
A significant portion of the collection is viewable online, including all letters written by Jackson (his outgoing correspondence). The digital collection includes images scanned from the original documents, as well as full text transcriptions.
A detailed guide to the Jackson Papers is located in our online catalog.