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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The career of General Jackson (search)
I would burn it at once. He concealed his plans from even his staff officers and subordinate generals, and was accustomed to say, If I can keep my movements secret from our own people, I will have little difficulty in concealing them from the enemy. Colonel Walkers story, My old Colonel, J. A. Walker, afterwards made brigadier—general and put in command of the Stonewall Brigade, told me this incident: While Ewell's Division was occupying Swift Run Gap, and Jackson had gone to meet Milroy at McDowell, Walker went up to Ewell's headquarters one morning to see him on some important matter, when Ewell passed him, and merely gave him the military salute, and went on to the front of the yard, where he spent some time walking back and forth in evident impatience. The chief of staff told Walker that he had better not say anything to Ewell about his business then, as the general was in a very bad humor that morning. After a time Walker started back to his own quarters, when Ewell s