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Cemeteries have endless stories to tell. In Fayette and Upshur counties, 100 miles apart, you’ll find the final resting places for two of the women most dear to Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

In Westlake Cemetery, just off U.S. 60 in Ansted, is the grave of Stonewall’s mother, Julia Neale Jackson Woodson. She was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1798 to Thomas and Margaret Neale.

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Stan Bumgardner has been a historian in West Virginia for more than 30 years. He was editor of Goldenseal magazine for the past seven years and served as creative director for the West Virginia State Museum renovation, completed in 2009.

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