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Posted: Friday, 10 May 2013 2:46AM

Jackson's Death Observed In Caroline



Guinea Station (WFVA)  -- The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park held a program Thursday night to remember Stonewall Jackson's last night 150 years ago. Historian Frank O'Reilly said it appears that Jackson already was in an advanced stage of pneumonia when he was brought to Guinea Station in Caroline County after his wounding at Chancellorsville. “History often portrays Jackson as a wounded man who got sick and eventually died. But in truth it might be the other way around,” O’Reilly said. “Jackson was a sick man, who got wounded, and ended up here.” O’Reilly said the night Jackson was wounded at Chancellorsville he was shivering and wearing layers of clothing while his soldiers were dropping from heat stroke. O’Reilly said at this time in 1863 Stonewall Jackson may have been the most famous person in the English speaking world. Park Service historians will hold a final program Friday from 3-5, again at Guinea Station to mark Jackson’s death at 3:15pm---150 years ago. It’s the final event in the sesquicentennial observance of the Battle of Chancellorsville.