General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was such a brilliant leader that many experts believe he could have led the Confederacy to victory had he not died early in the Civil War. The irony of Jacksons death is that he was shot accidentally by his own men. It seems he had given them orders to fire if they heard anyone coming through the woods. Jackson himself was returning to his own lines one night when he came crashing through the underbrush; on horsebackand his troops obeyed his command! Despite his wound, General Jackson still might have lived had he not caught pneumonia and died about a week later.