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SS T.J. Jackson

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On 23 April 1942, Delta Shipyards in New Orleans launched its second Liberty ship, the SS T. J. Jackson, named for the Confederate General better known as “Stonewall” Jackson. The Liberty ship was not the first vessel to be named after Thomas J. ” Stonewall” Jackson, however. France built an ironclad  in 1863 for the Confederate Navy which they named CSS Stonewall. Five years later, in 1868, she was sold to the Shogunate of Japan in 1868; for a time, the renamed Kōtetsu was the flagship of the Japanese Navy. The last vessel to be named after General Jackson was the USS Stonewall Jackson SSBN-634, commissioned by the US Navy in 1964.

Gift of George Frosch, 2004.009

This post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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