Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson
Image by J. Stephen Conn
I was surprised to learn that this statue was the first to be erected on the West Virginia Capitol grounds, in 1910, especially since West Virginia broke off from Virginia during the War Between the States and remained with the Union, after Virginia seceded with the Confererate States. A famous Confederate general, Jackson was born in Clarksburg, and grew up at Jackson’s Mill, Lewis County, in what is today part of West Virginia.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy commissioned Moses Ezekiel, then working in Italy, to design the bronze statue to honor soldiers from western Virginia who fought for the Confederacy. The statue was first erected on the old Capitol gounds, located downtown, then moved to the new Capitol in 1921. An identical copy of Ezekiel’s "Jackson" stands on the parade grounds of Ezekiel’s alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.