Over at the always-superior Mysteries and Conundrums blog, John Hennessey is finally able to tell the story of “Jackson’s Rock,” the white quartz boulder that purports to mark the spot where Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville. The rock has long been understood to have been the oldest monument in the park, but exactly when it was placed, and by whom, had been lost in the mists of time and memory — until now.
I really do have great admiration for this sort of micro-history, telling very small stories, very well. Hennessey and the NPS staff at Fredericksburg are masters at this. Well done, folks. (h/t Kevin)
Image: 19th century image of Jackson’s Rock, via Mysteries & Conundrums blog.