Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born January 21, 1824 and became probably the best known Confederate general after Robert E. Lee. Both his parents had died by the time he was 7, and Jackson and his sister were sent to live with an uncle. He was put to work on a farm and got little education, but was accepted at West Point in 1842. Beginning far behind the other students, he worked exceptionally hard to catch up, graduating 17 out of 59; fellow students said had he stayed another year, he would have graduated first. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he was ordered to take command at Harper's Ferry, where he assembled the famous "Stonewall Brigade", a nickname they and he received at the First Battle of Bull Run, after which he was promoted to major general and given command of the Valley District.