“General Jackson has reached his last days”

Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899) to Sara Hotchkiss, May 10, 1863. Jedediah Hotchkiss Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

I shall go where duty calls, but shall not rashly expose myself to danger – but the charmed circle in which General Jackson and his staff moved is broken & the break was a heavy one -and today it is feared that Gen. Jackson has reached his last days, pneumonia has attacked him, debilitated by his wound, and his physicians think the chances for his recovery are very poor-but I do pray Heaven to spare him, unless in the wise counsel of eternity, he has accomplished the end for which he was created-he said himself that he did not doubt but it was for the wisest of purposes that he lost his army as the revelations of Eternity would show.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.