What Killed Stonewall Jackson, and Could Modern Trauma Medicine Have Saved Him?

May 10, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Trauma Surgeon Considers Death of One of Civil War’s Most Renowned Generals, Struck Down by Friendly Fire in 1863

It has been 150 years to the day since Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson died after being struck by friendly fire from his own Confederate troops during the American Civil War. A question still remains for physicians and historians: What type of medical complication killed one of the most influential generals of the Civil War? A surgeon from the renowned University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and a noted historian and Stonewall Jackson biographer will take up the case of the exact cause of Jackson’s death at the 20th annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference, sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System. In fact, the surgeon will conclude that modern treatment at a facility such as the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland could indeed have saved the general’s life. The conference, held this year on Friday, May 10 in historic Davidge Hall, is devoted to the modern medical diagnosis of disorders that affected prominent historical figures.

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