The Stonewall Procession – A Historic Re-Enactment
May 12, 2007
Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson from Chancellorsville
to Lynchburg and Lexington
Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was mortally wounded, near Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, when he was shot by his own men while returning to his camp at night. Dr. Hunter H. McGuire attended to Jackson and amputated his arm. General Jackson died on May 10, 1863 of pneumonia. Jackson’s body was then transported by train from Fredericksburg to Richmond.
The train was met in Richmond by a great number of mourners at The Broad Street Station as well as at Capitol Square. His body would lie in state at the Capitol on the 12th of May and then moved to the Governor’s Mansion the following morning where the funeral service took place.
Following the funeral the casket was moved to the Virginia Central Railroad Depot for the trip to Gordonsville and then transferred to the Orange and Alexandria line for the last part of the trip to Lynchburg. The train carried the body of Jackson, close friends and family as well as Virginia Governor John Letcher and his wife.
The train arrived in Lynchburg at about 6:30 pm on the 13th of May at which time the remains were removed and placed in a hearse and the procession began to the Packet Boat Marshall Landing at Ninth Street and the canal. Church bells rang and guns fired one-minute salvos throughout the procession. The funeral route was lined with mourners and about 1500 recovering soldiers – all there to honor one of the Confederacy’s greatest Generals. Many of these maimed and suffering soldiers were General Jackson’s war worn veterans. That evening a special funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian Church with James B. Ramsey officiating. Miss Ida W. Jones of Appomattox, who reported on the Confederate Honor Guard and the attendance of Mrs. Jackson and her daughter Julia, gave an eyewitness account of this service.
The packet boat Marshall left Lynchburg at about 10:00 pm for the final portion of the journey to Lexington. Residents of the area crossed to the canal side of the river to witness the boats passing with lanterns and torches.
Citizens of all walks of life wanted to witness General Jackson’s last trip to Lexington, his home and final resting place.
“The Marshall is an extremely unique piece of history. Although it enjoyed a long career as a packet boat on the James River, it is remembered most for an 1863 trip in which it carried the remains of Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from Lynchburg to burial at Lexington. Nothing else in Civil War history quite matches this incident. Since Jackson’s death was the severest personal loss of the Southern states in the Civil War, the Marshall has far more historical value than has been shown to it up to this time. It deserves a better fate through restoration and publicity.”
Dr. James I. (Bud) Robertson, Jr.
Dr. Robertson highly endorses this program, but due to prior engagements, cannot be present.
Plans are being formulated for premier Civil-War artist, Mr. Mort Künstler, to be present for the weekend of May 11,12,13, 2007 in a number of capacities one of which will be the scheduled unveiling the painting of the Packet Boat John Marshall as it was engaged in the funeral procession of General Jackson’s coffin on May 13, 1863. Mr. Kunstler is a major sponsor for this event. Further plans include a joint fund raising event with the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and The Civil War Chaplain’s Museum co hosting a silent auction of Mr. Künstler’s artwork for the benefit of these organizations. Check the Lynchburg Historical Foundation’s website for event news and schedules.
On May 12, 2007 the Lynchburg Historical Foundation will sponsor a reenactment of the procession of General Stonewall Jackson’s remains from the Orange and Alexandria Railroad to the Packet Boat Marshall. If your chapter and/or organization would like to take part please contact: Sally A. Schneider, Exec. Director, Packet Boat Preservation Fund, Lynchburg Historical Foundation at 434-528-5353 or fax 434-528-9413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.lynchburghistoricalfoundation.org
You may also contact Dennis J. Beeton at Dixie Outfitters at 434-846-3006 or email email@example.com
A living history exhibit/encampment is being planned for this event and will be held adjacent to the Depot Grille in Lynchburg. Any one interested may contact Sally Schneider or Dennis Beeton.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy Virginia Division President, Mrs. Patricia Bryson, has endorsed this historic project and encourages participation.
The Appomattox Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be taking a major role in this presentation. Mrs. Laurie Lenz is on the planning committee. Mrs. Carol Williams (Chapter President) and her daughter Laural Williams will be portraying Mary Anna Jackson and her daughter Julia. Many other chapter members will be participating in the procession.
The SCV Appomattox Rangers Court House Camp #1733, Bedford Rifle Grays, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter #11 as well as reenactment groups throughout the area will be taking part in the procession as well as in other parts of the event. Participants must pre register with the Lynchburg Historical foundation prior to the event.
Other sponsors of the Packet Boat Preservation Program are: C. L. Lewis & Company, Inc., Arm and Hammer Company, Bailey Spencer Hardware, Master Engineers, Lynchburg Restoration, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, Pearson Equipment Company and Dixie Outfitters of Madison Heights, Virginia.
The goal of the Foundation is to raise $100,000 for the preservation of the hull (completed September 16, 2006), to construct a protective building to protect the hull (completed September 16, 2006), to provide a mural within the building, historical markers for the outside of the building and to get the Packet Boat Marshall site on the Civil War Trails Map. Corporate sponsorships and retail sponsorships are welcome and all interested parties may contact Sally Schneider or Dennis Beeton for further information. As this article had to be crafted prior to final formulation of scheduled events please check directly with the Lynchburg Historical Foundation for further information as it becomes available.
Article by Carolyn Evans Austin
Appomattox Chapter 11
Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend by James I Robertson, Jr.
Lynchburg in the Civil War The City-The People–The Battle by George G. Morris and Susan L. Foutz
Lynchburg and its People by W. Ashby Christian
Eyewitness Account by Miss Ida W. Jones in Roanoke, VA Newspaper
Amherst County Museum and Historical Society Newsletter February 2004