“Nobody can; but it wouldn't pay,” replied “Bath
“Old Jack's a character, genius, or just a little crazy, or something of that sort.
He lives quietly, and don't meddle with people; but he is as systematic as a multiplication table, and as full of military as an arsenal.
Stiff, you see, and never laughs, but kind-hearted as a woman; and, by Jupiter
, he teaches a nigger Sunday-school.
But, mind what I say, if this John Brown
business leads to war, he'll be heard from.”
Well, it did lead to war, and Jackson
was heard from, and Colonel Terrill
fell fighting under him.
I have referred to Major Jackson
It took the form of dyspepsia, and once, during the war, he told me he had suffered with it for twenty years, and he knew of no misery which attacked a man as it did, physically, mentally, and morally, and was as likely to drive one to suicide.
It produced in him that simplicity of diet which was as conspicuous as his simplicity of manners.
He never was a hearty eater, but often ate of one or two things on the table plentifully, eating some things he did not like, and liking many things he did not eat. In the army, he rarely accepted an invitation to dinner, and when he did, it was generally to oblige his staff.
He once said to me that he believed he was fonder of whisky and brandy than any man in his army; and yet he never tasted it. His discipline commenced with himself, and controlled his appetite as firmly as he did his troops.
In face and figure, Stonewall Jackson
was not striking.
Above the average height, with a frame angular, muscular, and fleshless, he was, in all his movements, from riding a horse to handling a pen, the most ungraceful man in the army.
His expression was thoughtful, and generally clouded with an air of fatigue.
His eye was small, blue, and in repose as gentle as a young girl's. With high, broad forehead, small, sharp nose, thin, pallid lips, deep set eyes, and dark, rusty beard, he was not a handsome man. His face in the drawing-room or tent, softened by his sweet smile, was as different from itself on the battle-field as a little lake in summer noon differs from the same lake when frozen.
Walking or riding the General
was ungainly; his main object was to go over the ground, without regard to the manner of his going.
His favorite horse was as little like Pegasus
as he was like Apollo
; he rode boldly and well, but certainly not with grace and ease.
He was not a man of style.
, on horseback or off, was the handsomest man I ever saw. It was said of Wade Hampton
, that he looked as knightly when mounted as if he had stepped out from an old canvas, horse and all.