Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Making of a Masterpiece - "Mrs. Jackson Comes to Winchester"

The following is the first part of an excerpt from the book "Stonewall" Jackson by Dr. James I. Robertson, which inspired this painting:

…Those reports were not as disturbing to Jackson as they might have been. A wonderful distraction gripped his mind: his beloved Anna was due to arrive in Winchester at any time. For weeks she had been begging to join her husband.

When he seemed agreeable in mid-November, Anna packed quickly for the trip. She refused to wait for the aide Jackson had promised to send as an escort. Friends accompanied her to Richmond; “a kind-hearted but absent-minded old clergyman” traveled with her the rest of the way—even though he managed to lose Anna’s trunk in the process.

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