HOLMBERG: Full moon gets partial blame for Stonewall Jackson death


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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Full moons have been blamed for all kinds of wild, unexpected behavior.

Now a pair of Texas researchers – one of them a noted astronomer – are blaming a full moon for one of the most talked-about friendly fire incidents in this nations history: the accidental shooting of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson just as he and his troops were routing the numerically superior Union forces in Chancellorsville.

“It’s a damn Yankee trick!” Confederate Major John Barry reportedly yelled to his soldiers in 18th North Carolina Infantry. “Fire!”

It was May 2, 150 years ago, a little past 9 p.m.

Earlier in the day, General Jackson, a tactical genius, had gained a distinct advantage and wanted to keep pressing the enemy with a rare nighttime attack. He led a small reconnaissance team into the farm community, aided by a scout that actually lived…

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