James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

May 10

Death of Stonewall Jackson

By Harry L. Flash

  • Stonewall Jackson was shot by his own men while reconnoitring at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. He died on May 10.

  • NOT ’mid the lightning of the stormy fight,

    Not in the rush upon the vandal foe,

    Did kingly Death, with his resistless might,

    Lay the great leader low.

    His warrior soul its earthly shackles broke

    In the full sunshine of a peaceful town;

    When all the storm was hushed, the trusty oak

    That propped our cause went down.

    Though his alone the blood that flecks the ground,

    Recording all his grand, heroic deeds,

    Freedom herself is writhing with the wound,

    And all the country bleeds.

    He entered not the Nation’s Promised Land

    At the red belching of the cannon’s mouth;

    But broke the House of Bondage with his hand—

    The Moses of the South!

    O gracious God! not gainless is the loss:

    A glorious sunbeam gilds thy sternest frown;

    And while his country staggers with the Cross,

    He rises with the Crown.