Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thursday, May 14, 1863

Stonewall Jackson is reported dead.  Van Dorn is officially stated dead.  Two bold traitors gone to their account.  
Mr. Davison & his neighbors Lyons & Johnson took their horses today.  The rebels having fallen back 20 miles.  Two men from Wirt Co. Va. with eight horses came to-day.  The name of one is Fairfax, the other I think Kaufman.

Peggy’s comments:
General Stonewall Jackson fought at Chancellorsville where he was accidentally wounded by Confederate troops.  He lost his arm as the result of the wound and died a week later.  

General Earl Van Dorn, who had a noted reputation as a womanizer, was shot in the head by Dr. George Peters because he believed Van Dorn was carrying on an affair with Peters’ wife, Jessie McKissack Peters.  Van Dorn died from the gunshot wound.  Peters was arrested but never brought to trial.

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