Position of moon may have contributed to death of Stonewall Jackson 150 years ago

05/2/2013 | Space.com

Astronomers say the position of the moon may have caused Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson to be killed by friendly fire during a Civil War battle 150 years ago on May 2, 1863. 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 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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