The other subject he taught at vmi was something he knew a great deal about, too: artillery.
For more than 170 years, vmi has done more than educate students.
Unfortunately, he never wrote to his sister or to friends to tell them the stories of his struggles at vmi.
The course Jackson taught at vmi, “Natural and Experimental Philosophy,” was brutally difficult.
His sensitivity to this problem came out in his first sharp disagreement with his boss, vmi superintendent Francis H. Smith.