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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The career of General Jackson (search)
gentleman, who afterwards served in the army, but made no reputation as a soldier. But when Old Jack took command, we were soon made to see the difference between his rule and that of certain militia officers who had been commanding us, and were made to feel and know that a real soldier was now at our head. He soon reduced the high-spirited mob who rushed to the front at the first call of their native Virginia into the respectable Army of the Shenandoah, which he turned over to General Joseph E. Johnson when he came to take command of the department. Jackson won some reputation in several skirmishes in the lower valley, and at this time very small affairs were magnified into brilliant victories. When he became famous. But it was on the plains of first Manassas, July 21, 1861, that he first became famous. General McDowell had ably and skilfully outgeneraled Beauregard, and crossing the upped fords of Bull Run, had moved down on the Confederate flank, driving before him