tions as we came to know and trust the man who conducted us to unfailing victory.
Soldiers always forgive the means so that the end may be assured, and no man ever worked his troops harder than did Jackson
, or ever awakened in them more intense enthusiasm and devotion.
His appearance never failed to call forth that tumultuous cheer which was part of the battle onset.
This was mostly, it must be admitted, in a spirit of mischief and for the sake of ‘making “old Jack
” run,’ for he never liked an ovation and always spurred out of the demonstration at top speed.
Rigid disciplinarian that he was in all essentials, there was not the suspicion of concern with pomp and circumstance in all his make-up.
War was to him much too serious an affair to be complicated by anything of the sort, nor was he at all tolerant of excuses when there was work in hand—results alone counted.
, our division commander sent word to him that he was not sure that he could hold his position as his ammunition was wet. ‘my compliments to General Hill
and say that the enemy's ammunition is as wet as his, and to hold his ground,’ was Jackson
Yet, unsparing as he was of his men when the urgency of the occasion demanded it, he was equally unsparing of himself, and, moreover, was always concerned for their well-being once the emergency was past, realizing that all warlike preparation is to the end of lavish expenditure at the supreme moment.
In Camp he was always solicitous that the troops should be well cared for, but when it came to take the field,
what matter if our shoes are worn,
what matter if our feet are torn,
quick step—we're with him ere the dawn.
that was ‘Stonewall Jackson
a purposeful man, obstacles were to him but things to be overcome or ignored if they stood in the way of his plans.
When one of his