He made no parade of his religion, nor pressed his creed upon any one.
He was not Cromwellian in this regard; he believed other paths led to heaven just as surely as the one he was traveling.
On his staff were the sons of clergymen of the Episcopal
, Reformed and Presbyterian Churches, and some others who were very much in the dark as to their religious faith.
The fact is, this Presbyterian elder, as he is sometimes called, became such by marriage.
The first prayers said over him were those of his pious Methodist mother-although it appears in his youth he was not more pious than the average young man. When in Mexico
, he was nearly persuaded to be a Romanist.
He afterward was a member of the Episcopal Church, and, finally, settled down in the Presbyterian Church, to which his wife belonged.
When the Louisiana Brigade applied for a chaplain, he recommended that a priest be sent them, because a large majority were Roman Catholics.
His own devotedness was illustrated by the purity of his life, not by professions, and his faith and simplicity were well known to his troops.
He often attended their services and prayer-meetings, night or day, and, kneeling in the midst of the same scarred veterans he had led in so many battles, he led them in prayer to the Lord
When he was thus in camp, all noise was hushed.
Dropping their cards, and all other amusements, old men and young gathered around him, standing and kneeling, with uncovered heads, in sacred silence.
A thousand hands would have been raised to smite the impious wretch who dared to scoff when Stonewall Jackson
It is not practicable to attempt here any discussion of the campaigns of General Jackson
True, his career was very short.
On May 2d, 1861, he took command at Harper's Ferry
as colonel in the Virginia
On May 2d, 1863, he fell at Chancellorsville
as lieutenant general in the Confederate army.
For these two years he monopolized the admiration of the continent; never blundered, never failed, and perished in the execution of his greatest achievement.
No wonder his success bewilders criticism.
Where in all history was great renown so quickly won It is an interesting study to follow the successive steps of Jackson
's military career, and watch his development as occasion required.
There is no more exciting page in the annals of modern warfare than his campaign of thirty days in the Shenandoah Valley.
Its strategy, battles, and results, justify the tribute paid to it by Colonel Crozet
, who served under Napoleon
, and pronounced it “extra-Napoleonic.”
's military life there was no dangerous precociousness.
He never sought promotion, but never