subordinates, after the three days hard fighting of the Second Manassas
, preceded by a march of almost a hundred miles within a little more than a like period of time, objected that his men could not march further until they should have received rations, he was promptly put under arrest by Jackson
, bent as he was upon following up his advantage and overwhelming Pope
's defeated army before it could reach the protection of its entrenched lines at Alexandria
, some thirty miles distant.
a master of men, Jackson
infused those of his command with much of his own indomitable spirit, as expressed in the lines quoted from the old song of the corps, until they came to take pride in their hardships and privations and to profess a Spartan-like contempt for the sybaritic softness, as they considered it, of the other corps of the army.
As to their confidence in his ability to meet and to dominate any situation, it simply had no bounds.
In the movement on Manassas
and during the engagement, with hostile forces coming from almost every direction, and while as yet we had no tidings of Longstreet
, we were remote from our base and the foe was in superior force between; we were footsore and fagged nearly to the limit of human endurance, but there was no faltering in the belief that Jackson
saw his way out of the toils which seemed to compass him about, as he had aforetime in the Valley
Those thin lines never held their ground more tenaciously nor charged with more élan
than during those eventful August days.
the last time my eyes were to behold him—how well it comes to mind!—was upon the morning of the fateful May 2, 1863, before the close of which day was to be ended his career as a soldier.
We were moving out by the flank on a little woodland Road, where we had been in bivouac the night before; it was a gloomy, overcast morning, as if giving premonition of the calamity to come to us before the next rising of the sun. Before we reached the Plank Road
, in a small opening among