We’ve got a new feature up at History Drinks: “Pour One Out For.” Today is Stonewall Jackson’s birthday, so we’re pouring one out for the aggressive Confederate general. His amputated arm was buried separately from his body, and he had a beard a whole family of birds could get lost in. From 1984 to 2000 the state of Virginia celebrated Lee-Jackson-King Day, in honor of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lee-Jackson Day (celebrating the two men’s birthdays) had been celebrated since 1904, and when the Federal Government instituted MLK Day in 1983, Virginia just combined the three.
In 2000 someone pointed out that such a combination of people was a bit incongruous, and they separated the two. Nevertheless, Jackson was by most accounts a good man and a great tactican, and we’re pouring one out for him.