Mary Anna Jackson was the wife of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. She was born near Charlotte and was educated at Salem Academy from 1847-49. In Virginia, she met Jackson, and they married in 1857. Only one of their children survived infancy.
When the Civil War began, Mrs. Jackson returned to Charlotte. In 1863, General Jackson was mortally wounded in battle. Mrs. Jackson traveled to his bedside and was with him when he died.
Mrs. Jackson lived at her Charlotte home on West Trade Street. In 1873. she wrote a biography about her husband's life and military career. As a long-time presence in Charlotte and as the widow of the fallen war hero, Mrs. Jackson remained a beloved figure throughout the South until her death at age 83.