Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Birthday Tribute to Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

In tribute to the anniversary of the birthday of Gen. Thomas J. 
"Stonewall" Jackson, here is a brief excerpt from The Life of Lieut. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson by his chaplain, Rev. Robert Lewis 
Dabney  (1868):

"But it was on the battle-field that his prayerful 
spirit was most impressively displayed. More than 
once, as one of his favourite brigades was rushing past 
him into action, he was seen erect upon his saddle, 
his hand uplifted as the column swept silently by 
into the very hurricane of war. Some who observed 
him thought he was abstracted; but there were those 
who, watching him more narrowly, noted the closed eyes 
and moving lips, and knew what it meant. Solemn 
thoughts of his own responsibility; of his country's 
crisis; of the fate of the brave men he commanded; 
of the widows and orphans who would be left to 
weep; of the peril of precious blood; and of the 
condition and destiny of more precious souls; — 
crowded tumultuously into his soul. "Out of the 
depths" he cried. So Moses on the Mount of God 
upheld the host and prayed down the arms of Amalek ! 
Such is the comparison that has been instituted, and 
it is by no means inapt."

Here are some highlights of Jackson's life:
Born - January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, (West) Virginia.  Orphaned at an early age and raised by an uncle. Graduate: U.S. Military Academy at West Point New York, Class of1846. Service -Mexican War; professor, Virginia Military Institute; War 
For Southern Independence; First Battle of Manassas, Shenandoah 
Valley Campaign; Seven Days Battles; Second Manassas; Sharpsburg; 
Frederiksburg;  Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville and died May 10, 1863.

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