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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Paragraphs. (search)
its hold on the hearts of our fair women and brave men. May it never cease to attract the usual interest and awaken the hallowed memories which cluster around it! As we write this paragraph our city is full of Knights Templar from Boston and Providence — the Governor of the Commonwealth, the Mayor of the city, and other representative men, have given them formal welcome in speeches of rare eloquence and appropriateness — and our people generally are vieing with each other to entertain and amue, they saluted the effigy of the great Chieftain, and placed a wreath around his neck, and flowers on the base of the statue. As we look out of our window on the bronze figure of old Stonewall, wreathed with flowers by Knights of Boston and Providence, we recall an eloquent passage in Governor Holliday's superb address of welcome: And now, if there be any animosities surviving, let them be buried in the graves of our great and loved ones on either side. With chivalric generosity let us do j
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
nt endurance and splendid courage, and concluded as follows: The explanation of the severe exertions to which the commanding general called the army, which were endured by them with such cheerful confidence in him, is now given in the victory of yesterday. He receives this proof of their confidence in the past with pride and gratitude, and asks only a similar confidence in the future. But his chief duty to-day and that of the army is to recognize devoutly the hand of a protecting Providence in the brilliant successes of the last three days (which have given us the results of a great victory without great losses); and to make the oblation of our thanks to God for his mercies to us and our country, in heartfelt acts of religious worship. For this purpose the troops will remain in camp to-day, suspending as far as practicable all military exercises, and the chaplains of regiments will hold divine services in their several charges at 4 o'clock P. M. It was an impressive scene
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiseences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
hen return to make finishing work of Fremont. But there was unexpected delay in crossing the river on account of a defect in the bridge, and the attack was thus postponed to a much later hour than was intended. Besides this Shields made a most gallant fight; his position was a strong one, well selected and most stubbornly held, and Jackson was not able to fulfil his purpose as expressed to Colonel Patton, whom he left to confront Fremont on the other side of the river: By the blessing of Providence I hope to be back by 10 o'clock. It was after 10 o'clock before all of his troops had crossed the river. Jackson's first attacks were repulsed with heavy loss, and when Shields was finally driven from the field it was too late to go back after Fremont even if it had been deemed advisable to attack him again in the then exhausted condition of our troops. Why Fremont stood idly by while Jackson was fighting Shields, and did not cross the river (as he could easily have done at several
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The campaign of Chancellorsville — by Theodore A. Dodge, United States army. (search)
wers of organization. He was strict in discipline, and a careful organizer. His judgment of men was often bad, but no one, we believe, ever held subordinates to a stricter accountability, and no one ever obtained more and better work from those under him. To his mind, nothing ever fully excused failure, and it was but rarely that he gave an officer the opportunity of failing twice. Jackson used to say, The service cannot afford to keep in position a man who does not succeed. Nor was he ever restrained from change by the fear of making matters worse. His motto was: Get rid of the inefficient man at once, and trust Providence for finding a better. Colonel Dodge well says: Honesty, singleness of purpose, true courage, rare ability, suffice to account for Jackson's military success. But those alone who have served under his eye know to what depths that rarer, stranger power of his has sounded them. They only can testify to the full measure of the strength of Stonewall Jackson.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
before the battles around Richmond, Dr. Dabney preached a sermon in which he took strong Calvinistic grounds on special Providence, and told the men that they need not dodge in the battle, since every shot and shell, and bullet, sped on its way under the guidance of a special Providence, and hit just where and just whom the loving Father, who watches the fall of the sparrow, and numbers the hairs on the heads of his saints, should direct. A distinguished officer told me that during the battletles, and you must pardon me for expressing my surprise that you should want to put a gate post between you and special Providence. The good Doctor at once retorted: No! Major, you misunderstand the doctrine I teach. And the truth is, that I regard this gate post as a special Providence, under present circumstances. Just before the opening of the battle two preachers who had come to see after friends in the army, ventured up to our front lines without realizing that they were liable to b