Diary of Cadet Charles T. Haigh

    Charles T. Haigh left VMI to serve as a Lt. in the 37th North Carolina Infantry Regt. He was killed in battle at Spottsylvania on May 12, 1864, one year after he wrote these diary entries.

    Monday May 11th [1863]

    The death of the lamented hero "Stonewall" Jackson is a terrible blow to the South. The news of his death reached us last night at midnight--his military career fills the brightest and most momentous pages of the history of our country and the achievements of our army. He departed this life at Guinea Station last Sunday at 3 1/4 o'clock. His remains will be carried to Richmond where they will be in state for one day and then brought here (Lexington) for interment.

    Wednesday May 13th
    All academic duties are suspended today in honor to the old hero. His body is expected hourly.

    Thursday May 14th Gen. Jackson's body arrived by the boat at 1 o'clock--was escorted to Barracks by the Corps and placed in his old Section room which room is draped in mourning for the period of six months. He is in a fine metallic coffin. The first flag made in the South of the new design covers his coffin--on the flag wreaths of evergreens and flowers. It is the request of his wife that he shall be buried tomorrow. Half hour guns have been firing from [illegible] fired from his old battery.

    Friday May 15th Guns have been firing all morning in honor of the lamented Jackson.
    Friday afternoon. The procession formed in front of the Sally port at half past ten. Commenced to move at 11. Corps in front of caisson on which he was borne. Then a company of Cavalry, after that a company composed of all the wounded and all that were once members of the old Stonewall Brigade. Bells were tolling all over town. Funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. White.

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