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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.2 (search)
forward among the skirmishers when some sharp work was going on. Having refreshed himself he returned with the hope that Old Jackson would not catch him at it. He always spoke of Jackson, several years his junior, as old, and told me in confidence that he admired his genius, but was certain of his lunacy, and that he never saw one of Jackson's couriers approach without expecting an order to charge the North pole. Later, after he had heard Jackson seriously declare that he never ate pepper, because it produced a weakness in his left leg, he was confirmed in this opinion, with all his oddities, perhaps in some measure by reason of them. Ewell was beloved by his officers and men. Dear Dick Ewell, Virginia never had a truer gentleman, a braver soldier, nor an odder, more lovable fellow. I regret I have been forced thus to tax your patience, but could not well say less. The statements I make are to be depended on, being of record or within the limits of my own personal knowledge.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Monument to the Confederate dead at the University of Virginia. (search)
e knew more of the inner being of Stonewall Jackson and his characteristics as a soldier, than General D. H. Hill and General Ewell--the former his brother-in-law, the latter his trusted lieutenant. It was my privilege to be honored with the personal friendship of both these officers-General Hill early in the war, General Ewell later. Both talked freely with me of Jackson, and I eagerly absorbed from both all I could concerning him. General Hill, during the winter of 1861-1861, frequentlywar should last six years, and Jackson live so long, he would be in supreme command. Dear, queer, chivalric, lovable Dick Ewell first worshipped Stonewall Jackson, and then Stonewall Jackson's God. With his own lips he told me, what is related wi. Elymas the sorcerer, Simon Magus, if you please—but dear old Dick's simony led him up to pure and undefiled religion. Ewell used to say the secret of Jackson's success as a soldier lay in his emphasis of the maxim, Time is everything in war—more