The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels

by

Michael Shaara

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Thomas J. (“Stonewall”) Jackson Character Analysis

Stonewall Jackson is a celebrated Confederate general who does not appear in the story, as he had died in the spring of 1863, but whose memory looms large in Southern consciousness. His influence is especially felt by Garnett, whom Jackson had threatened to court-martial for cowardice and whose reputation has never recovered from the fact, and by Lee, who feels the vacancy of leadership Jackson has left behind. Longstreet remembers him as a colorful character, both a devout Christian and someone who “knew how to hate.”
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Thomas J. (“Stonewall”) Jackson Character Timeline in The Killer Angels

The timeline below shows where the character Thomas J. (“Stonewall”) Jackson appears in The Killer Angels. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Monday, June 29, 1863: Chapter 4: Longstreet
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...he appreciates Longstreet assigning him as a brigade commander under Pickett. Everyone knows that under Stonewall Jackson , Garnett had withdrawn his brigade without orders at Kernstown, and Jackson had accused him... (full context)
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 1: Lee
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...fight until the entire army is concentrated. He strongly feels the vacancy left behind by Stonewall Jackson ; other than Longstreet, many of the generals are new to command. (full context)
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 5: Longstreet
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...the reverent regard in which he is held by his men. He also talks of Stonewall Jackson ’s colorful character, describing him as a man who was both “a good Christian” and... (full context)
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 6: Lee
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Missing Stonewall Jackson and giving up on word from Stuart, Lee says that they will have to attack.... (full context)
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 5: Longstreet
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...and that “this stuff is like heresy.” He walks through the camp and thinks about Stonewall Jackson . Men like Jackson and Lee come from another age, he realizes. But he feels... (full context)