I am glad that you came to me, and I shall be glad to be introduced to the colporter.’
Afterward introducing my friend, Jackson
said to him: ‘You are more than welcome to my camp, and it will give me great pleasure to help you in your work in every way in my power.
I am more anxious than I can express that my men should be not only good soldiers of their country, but also good soldiers of the Cross.’
We lingered for some time in an exceedingly pleasant conversation about the religious welfare of the army, and when I turned away, with a very courteous invitation to call on him again, I felt that I had met a man of deep-toned piety, who carried his religion into every affair of life, and who was destined to make his mark in the war.
had become a Christian some time before; but it was not until the 22d of November, 1851, that he made public profession of religion and united with the Presbyterian Church in Lexington
, then under the care of the venerable and beloved Rev. Dr. W. S. White
, whose death in 1871 was so widely lamented.
The following incident, which was given me by Dr. White
, not only illustrates his Christian character, but gives the key-note to his whole life.
Not very long after his connection with the church the pastor preached a sermon on prayer, in which it was urged that every male church-member
ought, when occasion required, to lead in public prayer.
The next day, a faithful elder of the church asked ‘Major Jackson
’ what he thought of the doctrine of the sermon, and if he was not convinced that he ought to lead in public prayer.
‘I do not think it my duty,’ he replied, and went on to assign as his reason that he hesitated in his speech to such an extent when excited that he did not think he could ‘pray to edification’ in public.
‘Have you made the matter a subject of secret prayer?’
persisted the elder.
‘No, sir; but I will do so to-night.’
The elder then advised him also to consult his pastor, and he went at once to Dr. White
's study and went over with him the arguments and passages of Scripture by which he supported his position.
The next day the elder saw him walking rapidly by his place of business, and fearing that he wished to avoid the subject of their previous conversation he called him back and asked, ‘Have you made that matter a subject of prayerful investigation, major?’
‘Yes, sir, and I was ’