Moon's position may have contributed to Stonewall Jackson death

05/2/2013 | Space.com

Astronomers say the position of the moon may have caused Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to be accidentally shot by his own troops during a Civil War battle on May 2, 1863, dying of his injuries days later. Astronomer Don Olson of Texas State University and research editor Laurie E. Jasinski of the Texas State Historical Association calculated the position of the moon that night and concluded that Jackson's face could not be seen. "Stonewall Jackson would have been seen as a dark silhouette from the point of view of the 18th North Carolina regiment," Olson said.

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