On this day one hundred and fifty-one years ago, the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 33rd Virginia infantry regiments, along with an artillery battery, all combined into Virginia’s First Brigade and were placed under the command of Brigadier General Thomas J. Jackson. The brigade would come to be known as the Stonewall Brigade, one of the most famous and accomplished units of its kind.
On the very same day, having seceded (but not yet having that decision ratified by the people), Virginia offered to join the Confederacy and make Richmond its capital.
Oh, and while we’re at it, happy b-day to Hiram Ulysses Grant.
IMAGES: Miniature members of the Stonewall Brigade, ca. Spotsylvania