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Friendly Fire from North Carolinians Killed Stonewall Jackson

An image of Jackson from the Library of CongressOn May 2, 1863, Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was wounded by several volleys of gunfire from the 18th North Carolina Troops during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

From April 30 to May 6, the Battle of Chancellorsville was fought between the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in Spotsylvania County, Va. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee sent Jackson and his Second Corps to attack the Union right flank. The attack proved to be successful, and by early evening, the Confederate assault began to lose its momentum.

In an effort to restart the advance, Jackson and his staff rode out on the Plank Road to reconnoiter the Union positions in the darkness. While returning back, Jackson and his staff rode into the picket line of the 18th North Carolina, who opened with successive volleys to a possible attack. Jackson was struck three times. Four members of staff were killed and another three were wounded.

While in the hospital, Jackson contracted pneumonia after the amputation of his left arm, and he died on May 10.

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