Stonewall Jackson Death and Funeral

Stonewall Jackson died on May 10 and was buried in Lexington, Virginia on May 15. The Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia began on May 1, 1863. The next day, while reconnoitering with members of his staff, Jackson was accidentally fired upon by his own troops. The 18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment was responsible for the "friendly fire" incident. Jackson was struck by three .57 caliber bullets and was taken to a field hospital near the battlefield, where his left arm was amputated. On May 4th, Jackson was moved to a field hospital at the home of Thomas and Mary Chandler, near Guiney Station, approximately 30 miles from the battlefield.  


  • Last Illness and Death of Stonewall Jackson. In this full-text article (published 1975), a modern physician analyzes Jackson's symptoms and treatment.
  • Krick, Robert K. "The Smoothbore Volley that Doomed the Confederacy." An essay published in the book Chancellorsville, the Battle and Its Aftermath, edited by Gary W. Gallagher. (The University of North Carolina Press, 1996). Krick includes an excellent bibliography.
  • Rozear, Marvin P. and Greenfield, Joseph C., Jr. "Let Us Cross Over The River": The Final Illness Of Stonewall Jackson.  Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 1995, vol. 103(no. 1): pp. 29-46.
  • Information about Jackson's death at Chancellorsville is also found in many of the books listed in our Jackson bibliography.