The massive bronze equestrian statue pictured here stands proudly upon the
fields of Henry House Hill on the Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia. Perched on the polished stone base, Lieutenant General
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson watches over the rolling fields upon which he twice played an instrumental role in
bringing the southern cause victory. Jackson, mounted on his horse Little Sorrel, faces the direction from which the Federals advanced
during the Battle of 1st Manassas, July 21, 1861. The nearly twenty foot tall, robustly powerful persona portrayed by sculptor Joseph
Pollia reveals the enduring strength with which the Southern populace viewed their legendary and inspirational General.
On these fields during the initial year of the nascent Civil War, both
Confederate Brigadier General Thomas Jonathan Jackson and his 1st Brigade of Virginians earned the name "Stonewall" for their
gallantry, bravery, and success during the Battle of 1st Manassas. Thirteen months later, Stonewall Jackson and his "foot
cavalry" would sweep around the Army of Union Major General John Pope, marching over 50 miles in two days, and attack the Federal
supply lines at Manassas Junction. Realizing that Jackson's men had separated from the rest of General Lee's Army, John Pope determined
to hit Jackson before the Southern forces once again merged. However, despite his initial isolation, when the battle commenced,
Jackson's Left Wing engaged the Federals in two days of savage, bitter fighting. During the conflict on Day 2 of the Battle of 2nd
Manassas, Major General Longstreet would join his peer on the field. The following day, his crushing flank attack would send the Union
forces reeling in retreat towards Washington. Combined with their prior victories during the recent Seven Days Battles, this
resounding federal defeat would serve as a springboard to General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North.