Published May 19, 2013
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.