The statue by Irish sculptor Henry Foley (1818-1874) of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was one of the artist's last works. Cast in London England, the monument was dedicated on October 26, 1875 before an estimated 40,000 onlookers that included many former soldiers and friends of the late Virginian.
General Jackson (1824-1863) was memorialized in the Richmond newspaper article which recalls the tragic events surrounding his death from "friendly fire" and the large outpouring of grief and despair as the news became known.
In view of the Virginia Washington Monument and the Capitol Building, the Jackson bronze continued the traditional of placing monuments around the seat of state government prior to the formation of Monument Avenue in the 1880's