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February 8, 1824 Charleston, South Carolina


July 22, 1861 Manassas, Virginia


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Barnard Bee summary: Barnard Elliot Bee was born in Charleston to Barnard Elliot Bee Sr. and Ann Wragg Fayssoux. The family moved to Pendleton South Carolina in 1833 where he went to Pendleton Academy. In 1836, they moved again to Texas but Bee stayed on in Pendleton to continue his education. He attended the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1845, at which time he was assigned to the 3rd US Military.

During the Mexico-American War, he became a second lieutenant for gallantry. He then became captain for his role in the storming of Chapultepec in 1847.

Barnard Bee In The Civil War

After resigning from the US Army in 1861, he returned to Charleston and joined the 1st South Carolina Regulars as lieutenant colonel. On June17th 1861 he was appointed brigadier general of a brigade of Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Virginia at Manassas Junction.

The Death Of Barnard Bee And The Birth Of "Stonewall"  Jackson

During the battle (which became later known as the First Battle of the Bull Run) Bee is known to have given Brigadier general Thomas J. Jackson his nickname ‘Stonewall’. It is said that Bee shouted an order to his men to “Rally behind the Virginians! There stands Jackson like a stone wall!” No-one knows if this was meant to be complimentary or an insult regarding Jackson’s men not advancing. Bee then began to advance at the head of his brigade and fell mortally wounded. He died the next day 22nd July 1861.



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