Tag Archives: West Virginia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s 1861 Civil War Battle Plan

In 1861 and the beginning of the Civil War, Thomas J. Jackson, the West Virginia Confederate General who would later become known as “Stonewall” Jackson, believed he had the key to a quick and sure victory for the newly formed Confederacy. His ambitious plan was to invade the United States from the panhandle of northern Virginia and continue north all the way to Canada. His plan made good military sense… Read More »

The decision that made West Virginia possible

Normally I prefer to write about the military aspects of the war. But it is the 150th birthday of the State of West Virginia and, after reading some comments on how West Virginia came to be, there is one aspect that seems to me generally overlooked. After the bombardment of Fort Sumter by the confederates, President Lincoln called Congress into session starting on July 4, 1861. Many representatives and senators… Read More »