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Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was born on January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia. His father and younger sibling had died of typhoid fever when Jackson was very young. This left himself, his mother and a younger sister. His mother remarried and fell into debt with her more current husband. Because of the immense financial struggles distressing the family, Jackson was forced to go live with an uncle. Jackson’s uncle paid little to no attention to him, even when young Jackson showed an interest in learning. As stated in the Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, a childhood friend said that Jackson was “by no means… brilliant, but was one of those untiring, plain, matter-of-fact-persons who would never give up… until he accomplished his objective” (qtd. in Robertson 7). This charter trait was apparent through the rest of his life. So how did Thomas Jackson live a life of a leader?

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is considered one of the most influential Confederate leaders of the Civil War. Coming from poor beginnings and a broken family, he rose to shine in every aspect of his life, including his education, a military career, and his stronghold on Christian faith. He proved himself in the Civil War and gained respect from the Confederacy and the Union. Stonewall Jackson showed that with dedication and a strong religious hold, he could live a purposeful life and defend the land that he loved. Thomas Jackson lived the life of a leader. Thomas Jackson shows that leadership has risen in the past. Jackson grew up with various family members. Despite Jacksons poor beginning in life he still secured an appointment to West Point, He rose through the ranks and gained a reputation in the Mexican- American War as an artillery man that could be counted on to get the job done.

Stonewall Jackson had five amazing traits that were:

1. Self- Discipline
a. He was first and foremost a servant of God. He knew leaders would be watched every minute. He...