Friday, January 21, 2011

On this day in history, "Stonewall" Jackson and John Browning were born...

On this day, January 21, 1824 "Stonewall" Jackson was born.

Military historians consider 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. He excelled as well in other battles: the First Battle of Bull Run (where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"), Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863

On this day, Jabuary 21, 1859 Firearms designer John Moses Browning was born. He was born in Ogden, Utah, was an American firearms designer who developed many varieties of firearms, cartridges, and gun mechanisms, many of which are still in use around the world. He is arguably the most important figure in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms and is credited with 128 gun patents. His first was granted October 7, 1879. He had made his first firearm at age 13 in his father's gun shop.