West Virginia State Capitol Complex Walking Tour

Stonewall Jackson Statue

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art ()

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On the grounds of the WV State Capitol stands a statue to Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, The artist, Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel, was commissioned by Daughters of the Confederacy to cast the high-plinth bronze sculpture while living in Rome. Ezekiel was a former Confederate soldier and VMI graduate.


Photo Jackson statue at southeast corner of Capitol grounds. Photo courtesy of W.Va. Legislative Photography by Perry Bennett
Photo SJ statue inscription, Photo by Jodie Groves, edited by Billy Joe Peyton

Backstory Listen

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was a famous Confederate general, born in what is now Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1824.  He was better known as “Stonewall,” a nickname earned at the First Battle of Manassas in 1861. A graduate of West Point, Jackson taught at VMI before the Civil War.  He died in 1863 after his troops accidentally shot him; following the amputation of his arm he later died of pneumonia. 

The Stonewall Jackson Statue was constructed in 1909 by Moses Ezekiel and was the first statue on the old capitol grounds in downtown Charleston. It moved to its current location after the original Capitol burned in 1921.  A replica of the statue stands in the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305

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Wallace, Jim, A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State. The History Press, 2012.

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