Homas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was born January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia. He graduated from West Point in 1846 and began his career in the artillery as a brevet second lieutenant. In 1852, Jackson resigned his military commission and accepted a teaching position at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.
His style as a professor was controversial, but nonetheless invaluable, as VMI continues to use many of his philosophies today. At the beginning of the Civil War, Jackson accepted orders as a Colonel of Virginia militia and commanded a Confederate garrison at Harper's Ferry. Promoted to Brigadier General, Jackson led a brigade at the Battle of First Manassaswhere he earned the sobriquet Stonewall. In November 1861, Jackson was promoted to Major General and dispatched to the Shenandoah Valley.
Date of Birth - Death January 21, 1824- May 10, 1863. This CDV appears to be West Point period. From collection of CSA PVT.