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"Friendly fire" strikes and wounds General T.J. Jackson and several members of his staff on the Chancellorsville battlefield

Thomas Jonathan Jackson, detail
05/02/1863
While returning at dusk from surveying enemy positions after his brilliant flanking movement that turned the Battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate Major-General T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson and his party were challenged and mistakenly fired on by men of the 18th North Carolina Infantry. Two volleys killed one of Jackson's aides and he himself was hit by three bullets.  Two wounds to his left arm required its amputation. Before he could recover, he contracted pneumonia and died on May 10, 1863. He was thirty-nine years old. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Stephen W. Sears, Chancellorsville (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996), 270-280.

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