Stonewall Jackson Papers


About the Jackson Papers (Manuscript 0102)

The VMI Archives holds a significant collection of the personal papers of Civil War General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. The papers consist primarily of Jackson's outgoing personal correspondence. Included are letters written  between 1844-1863, spanning his West Point cadetship, U. S. Army career, professorship at the Virginia Military Institute, and the Civil War years; the bulk of the items date from prior to the outbreak of war.  Many of the letters were written to his sister Laura Jackson Arnold. Topics include professional, personal and domestic matters, religious faith, health and diet, and his family. The correspondence provides insight into Jackson's personality and philosophy and presents a portrait of the man as he was in the years before he gained national fame as a wartime military leader.  The collection also includes limited incoming correspondence; the related papers of Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, his second wife, and of his sister Laura Arnold and her family.

Online Access

A significant portion of the collection is viewable online, including all letters written by Jackson (his outgoing correspondence).  The digital collection includes images scanned from the original documents, as well as full text transcriptions.

Finding Aid

A detailed guide to the Jackson Papers is located in our online catalog.