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rigid in his pew at church, striding awkwardly from his study to his lectureroom, ever serious, thoughtful, absent-minded in appearancesuch was the figure of the future Lieutenant-General, the estimate of whose faculties by the gay young students may be imagined from their nickname for him, Fool Tom Jackson.
In April, 186 , Fool Tom Jackson became Colonel of Virginia volunteers, and went to Harper's Ferry, soon afterwards fighting General Patterson at Falling Water, thence descending to Manassas.
Here the small force-2,611 muskets — of Brigadier-General Jackson saved the day. Without them the Federal column would have flanked and routed Beauregard.
Bee, forced back, shattered and overwhelmed, galloped up to Jackson and groaned out, General, they are beating us back!
Jackson's set face did not move.
Sir, he said, we will give them the bayonet.
Without those 2,611 muskets that morning, good-by to Beauregard!
In the next year came the Valley campaign; the desperate and most rema