DescriptionConfederate General Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson & General Isaac R. Trimble Signed War Document. This document concerning the discharge of a soldier due to his age is signed by the famous Confederate tactician General Stonewall Jackson as well as by Major General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble. A West Point graduate (Class of 1846), Jackson served in the Mexican War where he first met Robert E. Lee. Jackson went on to become one of the most beloved of all the Confederate generals gaining his nickname 'Stonewall' at 1st Bull Run when General Barnard Bee seeking to rally his troops spotted General Jackson's gallantry on the field and shouted, "There stands Jackson like a stone wall - rally behind the Virginians!"
This 11" x 8" document has wear at the three folds and has been adhered to a later document that details payment for Confederate renting of a building. As the relevant document shows, the trail of approval of the soldier's discharge leads to General Jackson where he signs his approval dated February 27, 1863- just three months before he would be accidentally shot by his own troops at the Battle of Chancellorsville. At first he had his left arm amputated, then succumbed to pneumonia dying eight days after the amputation. One of Lee's most trusted generals, after the amputation Lee said, "He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm."
This document has two generals' signatures. Major General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble signed the document the same day just above Jackson's signature. Trimble, although himself a major general, because of ill health could not command a division. He had served admirably with Jackson during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign but was seriously wounded in the leg at 2nd Bull Run. He would later serve gallantly at Gettysburg in Pickett's charge being again wounded in the same leg. Due to the risk of taking him back to Virginia and infection setting in, he was left to be captured by Union troops. The leg was amputated and Trimble served out the remainder of the war as a Union prisoner. The document comes in a gray hardbound volume with gold engraved lettering.
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