Stonewall Jackson Administers the sacrament.--On the morning of a recent battle near Harper's Ferry
, after a sermon by one of his chaplains, Stonewall Jackson
, who, by the way, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, administered the sacrament to the church members in his army.
He invited all Christians to participate in this ceremony.
A Baptist, the straitest of his sect, thoroughly imbued with the idea of close communion, was seen to hesitate; but the occasion, and the man who presided, overcame his scruples, and thus it has happened that the prospect of a fight and the eloquence of Jackson
made a Baptist forget that baptism is the door into the church.
In all Jackson
's army an oath is rarely uttered.
A religious enthusiasm pervades it, which makes every man a hero.
Conscious of the justice of our cause, and imbued with the strongest convictions of patriotism, his men are irresistible.
In this incident we have an explanation of General Jackson
's invincibility, and we are thus enabled to understand why his men are all heroes, and why they endure without a murmur the severest hardships to which any troops have been subjected during the war. When peace is restored it will be honor enough for any man to say: “I belonged to the army of Stonewall Jackson
.” --Knoxville Register, September 30