Thomas ?Stonewall? Jackson
About the Thomas ?Stonewall? Jackson Lesson
To introduce students to the legendary Stonewall Jackson using a short reading passage and corresponding questions.
• Students will be introduced to the life of Thomas ?Stonewall? Jackson.
• Students will gain an interest in one of the significant historical figures in the United States.
• Students will practice their reading and reading comprehension skills.
Thomas ?Stonewall? Jackson was born on January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia. Thomas was the third child for parents Julia and Jonathan Jackson. When Thomas was only 2 years old, his six year old sister Elizabeth and father died from typhoid fever in the same month. When Thomas was around seven years old, his mother became sick so he and his sister, Laura Ann, were sent to live with his uncle, Cummins Jackson. His mother passed away shortly after.
While living with his uncle, Thomas helped around the farm. He was primarily educated at home. In 1842, at the age of 18, Thomas was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Jackson graduated 17th out of 59 class members in 1846.