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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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Stonewall Jackson Medal


Stonewall Jackson Medals
presented by the Chapter

The Stonewall Jackson Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the UDC.

It is specifically designated for those who are not members of the Organization.

The award is a medal and it is bestowed with a certificate suitable for framing.

In 2001, the award was approved at the 108th Annual General convention held in Columbia SC, on recommendation of Mrs. Claude D. Ezell, President of Alabama Division.

The design is a round gold medal bearing the profile of General Jackson surrounded by the lettering UDC and his name.

In 2002, the first recipient was presented at the 190th Annual General Convention in Richmond, VA, by Vice President General Mrs. Grady H. Hadden and President General Mrs. Frank I. Silek.

Confederate ancestry is not a requirement for this award.

The award may be presented posthumously if the recipient was living at the time the application was approved by General.

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There are times that we as Chapters have benefited from the outstanding service and contributions to our Organization by those who are not members of the UDC. Their support of our endeavors has enabled us to achieve our goals and accomplish the duties and obligations of our commitment to the UDC.


Name Date Received
Support Provided
Herbert Winston Clark, Jr. 13 June 2009 Who during the 2007-2009, volunteered more than 350 hours
of research assistance at the Clayton Library for Genealogical
Research to assist prospective members of the Oran M. Roberts
Chapter 440, UDC, complete their research for membership
as well as assisting members with researching supplemental
applications. He also supports the chapter with various projects
including cemetery preservation and with technical computer
support.
Susan Kaufman 12 June 2010 Who during her time as the Manager of the Clayton Center
for Genealogical Research, has provided support and
assistance to the members of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter
440, UDC.


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Jefferson Davis

Next to Robert E. Lee himself, Thomas J. Jackson, known as "Stonewall" is the most revered of all Confederate commanders. A graduate of West Point, Class of 1846, served in the artillery during the Mexican War, earning two brevets, before resigning in 1851 to accept a professorship at the Virginia Military Institute.

He was born on 21 Jan 1824 in Clarksburg, VA (now WV) and was the son of Jonathan Jackson and Julia Beckwith Neale. He was married first to Eleanor Junkin (died in child birth in 1854) and next to, Mary Anna Morrison. He had two children, daughter, Mary Graham Jackson (died in infancy) and Julia Laura Jackson (died in 1889).

Upon the outbreak of The War, he was commissioned a Colonel in the Virginia forces and dispatched to Harper's Ferry where he was active in organizing the raw recruits until relieved by Joe Johnston.

His later assignments included: commanding lst Brigade, Army of the Shenandoah (May - 20 July 1861); Brigadier General, CSA (17 June 1861); commanding 1st Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac )20 July - Oct 1861); Major General, CSA (7 Oct 1861); commanding Valley District, Department of Northern Virginia (4 Nov 1861 - 26 June 1862); commanding 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia (26 June 1862 - 2 May 1863); and Lieutenant General, CSA (10 Oct 1862).

At Fredericksburg, VA, his wing of Lee's line of battle was heavily engaged, and his last battle, before Chancellorsville, in the thickets of the Wilderness, was his greatest triumph. By one of his swift and secret flank marches he placed his corps on the flank of the enemy, and on the 2 May 1863, flung them against the union army corps, which was utterly routed.

At the close of a day of victory he was reconnoitring the hostile positions when suddenly the Confederate outposts opened fire upon his staff, whom they mistook in the dark and tangled forest for Federal cavalry. Jackson fell wounded and the arm that was amputated was buried by Jackson's chaplain, at the J. Horace Lacy house, "Ellwood", in the Wilderness of Orange County, near the field hospital.

A few moments before he died he cried out in his delirium, "Order A. P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hawks" — then stopped, leaving the sentence unfinished. Presently a smile of ineffable sweetness spread itself over his pale face, and he said quietly, and with an expression, as if of relief, "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."

On 10 May 1863, he died at Guinea's Station. Burial was in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, VA.

Military historians consider General Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the union army right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership.

After the war, Jackson's wife, Mary Anna Jackson, wrote two books about her husband's life, including some of his letters. She never remarried, and was known as the "Widow of the Confederacy", living until 1915.



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