The collection consists primarily of the personal papers of
Civil War General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (b. 1824
d. 1863). The bulk of the letters date from the pre-Civil War
period and concern professional, personal and domestic
matters, including many in which Jackson writes about his
religious faith, his concerns about health and diet, and his
family. The collection provides insight into Jackson's
personality and philosophy, and presents a portrait of the man
as he was in the years before he gained national fame as a
wartime military leader. A small percentage of the documents
date from the Civil War period and are directly related to
Jackson's Confederate Army service.
The collection includes ca. 160 items of Jackson's outgoing
correspondence, 1844-1863, spanning his cadetship at West
Point; his service in the United States Army (1846-1851)
including his participation in the Mexican War; his years as a
faculty member at the Virginia Military Institute (1851-1861);
and his career in the Confederate States Army. The bulk of the
correspondence is addressed to his sister, Laura Ann (Jackson)
Arnold. Other correspondents include Margaret Junkin Preston,
and CSA Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Daniel Harvey Hill.
Other series include miscellaneous incoming correspondence;
miscellaneous Civil War reports, orders and dispatches; and
documents associated with Jackson.
In addition to Jackson's personal papers, the collection
contains the allied papers of Jackson's second wife, Mary Anna
(Morrison) Jackson (ca. 143 items); his daughter Julia Jackson
Christian (ca. 10 items); and his sister Laura Ann Jackson
Arnold (ca. 115 items).