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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson, Confederate States army. (search)
s, their skill and moral courage, and calculated on it, and this so nicely that he was able to pass between them without a moment to spare. Indeed, he held these hosts apart with his skirmishers while his main army passed through, each commander of the Federal army in doubt and dread whether the mighty and mysterous Jackson intended one of his overwhelming blows for him. Both, doubtless, hoping the other one would catch it. Certainly they acted in a way to indicate this. With the help of Ashby and Stuart he always knew the location and strength of his enemy. He knew the fighting quality of the enemy's forces too. Let the Yankees get very close, he said to Ewell at Cross Keys, before your infantry fires, they won't stand long. I asked him at Cedar Run if he expected a battle that day. He smiled and said: Banks is in our front and he is generally willing to fight, and, he added very slowly, as if to himself, and he generally gets whipped. At Malvern Hill, when a portion of our