A Constant Reminder to All: Stonewall Jackson, The Lost Cause, and the Making of a West Virginia Idol


By Steven Cody Straley

Through ceremonies, speeches, publications, and monument building, Lost Cause advocates created a romanticized image of Stonewall Jackson as the model West Virginian — a military hero, and a symbol of honor, integrity, and piety. The countless monuments to Stonewall Jackson in West Virginia serve as a constant reminder of the complicated history of the state and the nation.
Publisher: 35th Star Publishing – September 2022
Paperback: 190 Pages

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Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: 35th Star Publishing – September 2022

Confederate general Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was unquestionably one of the most successful and popular military leaders in the Civil War. Long regarded by some as one of Virginia’s great war heroes, many people do not realize that Jackson was born and raised in what is now West Virginia. In the decades after the Civil War, Confederate veterans and their descendants took up the banner of the Lost Cause and embarked on a campaign to normalize Jackson.