Thomas J. Jackson

When Thomas J. Jackson sat for this daguerreotype in 1855, he was a professor of artillery tactics and natural philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute. Jackson was known among the students as a competent, but not an exciting teacher. His rise as one of the Confederacy's most celebrated and inspiring generals lay six years away. This image was made in Parkersburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), during Jackson's visit to his aunt and uncle, Clementine and Alfred Neale, in the summer of 1855. He was still coping stoically with the death of his first wife (from childbirth) the previous fall. The daguerreotype originally belonged to the Neales and was passed down in their family over several generations.

Attributed to H. B. Hull (lifedates unknown)
daguerreotype, 1855
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution