Stonewall Jackson Two Weeks Before His Death at Chancellorsville

Date:
1996
Medium:
Acrylic on wood
Dimensions:
12 ¼ x 9 ½ inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Grooms creates a striking likeness of the sternly featured and legendary Civil War general—Thomas Jonathan Jackson, who earned the nickname “Stonewall” by holding a firm line at the First Battle of Manassus in 1861, known by the Union as the First Battle of Bull Run. He was so valuable to Robert E. Lee that many have speculated that the Confederates might have had a better chance of winning at Gettysburg in July 1863, if Jackson had not died that May. He lost his arm after being hit by friendly fire at the Battle of Chancellorsville and died of pneumonia seven days later.