Evidence casts doubt on claim to Stonewall’s birthplace

Whatever claim Parkersburg has as the birthplace of famed Confederate Civil War Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, may finally be put to rest. Shortly after The News and Sentinel’s Aug. 15 article renewing the debate of Jackson’s birthplace, evidence emerged that casts serious doubt on the city’s claim.

David Houchin, librarian at the Clarksburg-Harrison County public library, said he was contacted by the members of the Jackson Brigade (a lineage society for Jackson descendants) who provided documents, purportedly written in the general’s own hand, that support Clarksburg’s claim as his birthplace.

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