Bloodstained hankerchief from Chancellorsville friendly-fire incident

An aide-de-camp to Stonewall Jackson, James Power Smith, was riding alongside when General Jackson was wounded by friendly fire from a North Carolina regiment. Smith helped evacuate Jackson from the field and shield him when artillery shells began exploding around them.

The hankerchief -apparently Jackson’s own – was used as a binding on Jackson’s wounded arm and is stained with his own blood. Jackson would lose his left arm that evening (May 2nd) due to amputation by Dr. Hunter McQuire; but would lose his life on May 10th , dying to complications reated pneumonia.

Item on display at The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

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