General Stonewall Jackson and Senator James Chesnut Jr portrayed by Edwin Murray Mann III
I am Edwin Murray Mann III and I live in Aiken, South Carolina. My family is from Petersburg, Virginia, but we moved to Aiken, S.C. in 1953. I am married to Lisbeth (Biz) Osgood of Slyvania, Ohio. We have two dogs, one a Golden Retriever and the other a Foxhound. I have participated in many living history events from Maine to Florida. I love living history because it gives me a chance to talk about the issues that were the cause of the War Between the States and the great battles in Virginia. My Confederate ancestors are my Great Uncle, William Hodges Mann who became the last Confederate soldier to serve as Governor of Virginia (1910-1914) and my Great Grandfather, Edwin M. Mann who became the first judge of the Petersburg court. Both served in the 12th Virginia Infantry.

I can be reached at eddie29803@att.net

I portray Thomas J. Jackson as a Major at the Virginia Military Institute to Lt. General, Second Corps Commander with the Army of Northern Virginia.
I also portray Senator/Brig. General James Chesnut (Mary Boykin Chesnut's husband). I chose to portray Senator James Chesnut, Jr. because so many people come to reenactments and living history events that do not know the issues that were compelling to the civilians and those going off to war in 1860.

Senator Chesnut was born in January of 1815. He graduated from the law department of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1835. He was elected as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1840 and the South Carolina Senate in 1852. In 1858 Chesnut was elected by the South Carolina Legislature to the U.S. Senate. Shortly after Lincoln's election, he was the first Southern senator to withdraw from the Senate on November 10, 1860. Senator Chesnut would have been involved in all the major issues for three decades prior to the outbreak of the war in 1861. In 1864, then Colonel Chesnut was promoted to brigadier general by the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. His wife was Mary Boykin Chesnut, whose published diaries reflect the Chesnuts's busy social life and prominent friends in Charleston, South Carolina and Washington City.