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150 years after Civil War, Stonewall Jackson remembered . . . with lemons

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    A visitor wears a shirt with General Stonewall Jackson printed on it during a National Park Service event at the site of the home where General Stonewall Jackson died on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Caroline County, Va. Scholars have long questioned whether it was an infection or pneumonia that killed Jackson, who gained the nickname "Stonewall" early in the war and went on to be lionized in the South and feared in the North because of his military exploits. On Friday, the 150th anniversary of Jackson's death, a trauma surgeon with experience on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan will reveal his diagnosis of Jackson's death after reinvestigating the medical record. After reviewing the 1860s files and subsequent reports, University of Maryland surgeon and professor Joseph DuBose told The Associated Press that Jackson most likely died of pneumonia. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Elijah Nouvelage)

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    This photo provided by National Park Service shows a tombstone for a the amputated arm of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson near Orange County, Va. On Friday, May 10, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Jackson's death, a trauma surgeon with experience on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan has reinvestigated the medical record to offer a diagnosis of Jackson's death. University of Maryland surgeon Joseph DuBose says Jackson likely died of pneumonia. He is confirming the diagnosis given by Jackson's physician, the famed Confederate doctor Hunter McGuire. (AP Photo/National Park Service) (AP2013)

Civil war general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is still being honored 150 years after his death, with visitors bringing lemons to shrines that honor his memory, therawstory.com reports.

Jackson, according to legend, sucked on lemons as he entered battle.

As visitors mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this month, Jackson’s life and accidental shooting has attracted renewed interest, according to the site.

“Jackson is a hero to some, but strange enough to appeal to a lot of people,” Beth Parnicza, park historian at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at Guinea Station, situated 70 miles southeast of Washington, told therawstory.com.

At the Chancellorsville battlefield, about 60 miles from Washington, pilgrims brought flowers and small Confederate flags to mark the site where Jackson was shot 150 years ago.

He was shot by the Confederate soldiers he led into battle against the Union troops when they mistook him for the enemy.

Jackson survived the shooting, but doctors were forced to amputate his arm. “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm,” said his commander, Robert E. Lee, according to the site.

Jackson earned the “Stonewall” nickname for his unflinching role in the Confederate victory at Manassas, Va., in July 1861. Over the next two years he proved to be an aggressive warrior.

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