Lost Limbs Foundation

Thursday, May 2, 2013


On this day in 1863, General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville. Dr. Hunter McGuire wrote this account of Jackson's death eight days later, at age 39:

"A few moments before he died he cried out in his delirium, 'Order A.P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hawks'—then stopped, leaving the sentence unfinished. Presently a smile of ineffable sweetness spread itself over his pale face, and he said quietly, and with an expression, as if of relief, 'Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.'"
On this day in 1863, General Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville. Dr. Hunter McGuire wrote this account of Jackson's death eight days later, at age 39:

"A few moments before he died he cried out in his delirium, 'Order A.P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hawks'—then stopped, leaving the sentence unfinished. Presently a smile of ineffable sweetness spread itself over his pale face, and he said quietly, and with an expression, as if of relief, 'Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.'"