By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections
On May 2, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidently shot by his own men while on a night reconnaissance mission with a few members of his staff. Carried from the field, he died on May 10 after having his mangled left arm amputated. As one of Robert E. Lee’s best commanders, his loss was sorely felt among the Confederate leadership.
This small bust, created by Frederick Volck and based on the death mask of Jackson, was found on the mantle in the White House’s dining room when Union General Weitzel entered the house on April 3, 1865. Forty years after it was taken from the house as a souvenir, it was donated to the museum and now resides back on the mantle in the dining room.