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    General Lee's Traveller

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    Traveller was a tall iron gray American saddlebred with a black main and tail and was purchased by Robert E. Lee in 1862. Traveller accompanied Lee throughout the Civil War and even carried Lee into Lexington when he assumed the presidency of Washington College.
    Lee died on October 12, 1870 and Traveller died at age 14 in 1871. He is buried on the campus at Washington & Lee outside the chapel. For many years Traveller's skeleton was mounted in the Brooks Museum on the W & L campus. In 1929 the skeleton was moved to the new museum in Lee Chapel. Finally in 1971 Traveller's bones are reinterred beside Lee Chapel. His grave is marked by the Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

    Burial site of Traveller Burial site of Robert E. Lee's horse, Traveller Grounds of Washington & Lee University View of buildings at Washington & Lee University Lee Chapel & Museum
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    Robert E. Lee Statue inside the Lee Chapel

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    When you enter the this historic old Chapel, you feel like your steppng back into time. It is amazing. Everything is so white and so silent. You pass the entry/vessible area and make your way up through the chapel to the pulpit area. Just behind the pulpit area on stage you enter into there area where the statue of Robert E. Lee lying in state is located.

    It is in a room made of red brick and surrounded by flags both american and rebel. The statue is made of itialian white marble is 6 feet long. It is very detailed and amazing. Such a somber area.

    Down below is the actual crypt of Robert E. Lee and the Lee family.

    Statue of Robert E. Lee inside the Lee Chapel

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    Washington and Lee University Main Buildings

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    We walked down from the Lexington Visitors Center. It took about 10 minutes to walk here. It was very well marked and we walked up to the campus and made our way to the Lee Chapel.

    These buildings ahead of the girls is the main buildings on campus where the students attend classes.

    Tiffany & Noel heading into the Campus

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    Originial Jackson Plot at the Jackson Memorial Cem

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This is a photo of the originial Jackson family plot at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial cemetery.

    They moved his body from the original resting place along with his dau. and his 2nd wife, Mary Anna to the current statue/Tomb in the center of the Cemetery.

    The originial plot is well marked and located a few feet away from the Statue.

    originial Jackson Family Plot at the Cem.

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    Original Tombstone of Stonewall Jackson at cem.

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This is the originial Stonewall Jackson tombstone in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

    This tombstone is a few feet down the walkway from the current memorial statue and tomb. It is located in the Jackson family plot along with other family members.

    originial Stonewall Jackson tombstone

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    Girls inside the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cem.

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This photo is of Tiffany and Noel inside the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on the walkway leading to his Statue and tomb.

    Also on this walkway you pass the original Jackson family Plot and the Junkin Family plot.

    Notice all the old cemetery tombstones. This is a very old and historic cemetery.

    Tiffany & Noel inside the Jackson Mem. Cem.

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    Elinor Junkin Jackson Tombstone/Stonewall 1st wife

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This tombstone for his first wife "ELINOR JUNKIN JACKSON" is not buried with Stonewall Jackson tomb/statue memorial or in the Jackson plot where Stonewall was laid to rest first.

    She is buried a few feet away in the Junkin family plot which is near the originial Jackson Family plot.

    The sign at the entrance well marks all the gravesites for all to see.

    Elinor and Stonewall was only married for 14 months, she died during childbirth to Stonewalls first child. She was dau. of Rev. Junkin.

    Elinor Junkin Jackson; his 1st wife

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    Close-up of the Stonewall Jackson Statue at Tomb

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This is a closer look at the statue on top of the Tomb.

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    The Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery began as the burial ground for the old Lexington Presbyterian Church in 1789. General Stonewall Jackson, 144 Confederate veterans, two Virginia governors (John Letcher and James McDowell) and Margaret Junkin Preston, the Civil War Poet Laureate of the South are buried in the cemetery. The statue of Stonewall Jackson was sculpted by Edward V. Valentine and dedicated July 21, 1891. Jackson and his family are buried beneath the statue.

    Close-up pic of the Stonewall Jackson statue tomb

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    Monument / Tomb of Stonewall Jackson

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

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    The Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery began as the burial ground for the old Lexington Presbyterian Church in 1789. General Stonewall Jackson, 144 Confederate veterans, two Virginia governors (John Letcher and James McDowell) and Margaret Junkin Preston, the Civil War Poet Laureate of the South are buried in the cemetery. The statue of Stonewall Jackson was sculpted by Edward V. Valentine and dedicated July 21, 1891. Jackson and his family are buried beneath the statue.

    Admission
    FREE

    Hours
    Open daily from dawn until dusk

    Stonewall Jackson Memorial Tomb/ w family

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    Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This is located near the top of Main Street, because Main Street is one-way, you have to get the map from the visitors center to get here. It is located in the residential section of town on a little knoll overlooking the town.

    we drove up there and there is on street parking for free.

    This picture is taken of Noel and Tiffany as we were about to enter the Cemetery. Just as you enter there is a sign giving you directions to all the marked and important gravesites in the cemetery.

    Noel & Tiffany entering Stonewall Jackson Mem. Cem

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    Girls at the Museum of Stonewall Jackson House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This was taken outside the bottom of Stonewall Jackson House just as you go into the Museum Gift Shop and tour area.

    Just inside where the girls are standing is the kitchen area of the house. The guided tour tells you that Mrs. Jackson never went into this part of the house but Stonewall Jackson did quite frequently because he liked to help his slave "Hattie" can peaches and other fruits and vegetables.

    Noel & Tiffany outside the entrance Jackson home

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    Historic Old Inn on our Lexington Walking Tour

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    This old INN is located on West Main Street. Just around the corner from the Stonewall Jackson House, just across the street from the Willson-Walker House and up the street from the Sheridan Livery Inn.

    As you can tell, this is a very small area, and easily walked. You can get most information and a walking map from the visitors center which is also around the corner from this old INN.

    Old Inn located on Main street in historic area

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    Rockbridge County Courthouse

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    Just a short walk from the Lexington Visitors Center and the Stonewall Jackson House is the Rockbridge County Courthouse. It is located on the corner of Washington Street and Main Street.

    I took this picture standing across the Street, we had just came from the Willson-Walker House for lunch, which is just down the block.
    The entire town is very quaint and full of nice novelty shops.

    Rockbridge County Courthouse

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    Inside parlor of the Stonewall Jackson House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    Since 1954, Jackson's Lexington home, located a block east of Main Street, has been a museum and historic site. In 1979 the house was carefully restored to its appearance at the time of the Jacksons' occupancy. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, is furnished with period pieces, including many of Jackson's personal possessions, and is open to the public daily for guided tours of the period rooms.


    The rooms have period pieces and some of his originial belongings. The tour guide will point the items out to you, especially if you ask.

    Inside the parlor of the Jackson house

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    Back Yard and Gardens of Stonewall Jackson House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 5, 2005

    Thomas Jonathan Jackson lived in Lexington from 1851-1861, while he was a professor of Natural Philosophy and an instructor of artillery tactics at the Virginia Military Institute. During that decade Jackson joined the Lexington Presbyterian church, married, bought the only home he ever owned, and lived quietly as a private citizen.

    In April, 1861, Jackson rode off to war. He never returned to Lexington alive. Following the first battle of Manassas, T.J. Jackson became widely known by the nickname "Stonewall". Jackson earned lasting fame for his leadership of Confederate forces, especially during the Valley campaign of 1862. "Stonewall" Jackson died in May, 1863, as a result of wounds received at Chancellorsville. His body was brought back for burial in the cemetery on the south edge of town.

    The garden and backyard of Stonewall's house

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