faithful church-member turned away from his communion service, the earnest Sunday-school teacher left his lesson untaught, and the peerless soldier marched forth from the parade-ground to win immortal fame, to come not back again until his body was borne to its burial in the beautiful cemetery at ‘Lexington
, in the Valley of Virginia
,’ and two continents were bursting with the fame of ‘Stonewall
gave a great deal of time to his colored Sundayschool.
He was accustomed to carry around himself the most carefully prepared reports of the conduct and progress of each pupil, and to do everything in his power to interest the whites of the community in the school.
Soon after one of the great battles, a large crowd gathered one day at the post-office in Lexington
, anxiously awaiting the opening of the mail, that they might get the particulars concerning the great battle which they had heard had been fought.
The venerable pastor of the Presbyterian Church (Rev. Dr. W. S. White
, from whom I received the incident) was of the company, and soon had handed him a letter which he recognized as directed in Jackson
's well-known handwriting.
‘Now,’ said he, ‘we will have the news!
Here is a letter from General Jackson
The crowd eagerly gathered around, but heard to their very great disappointment a letter which made not the most remote allusion to the battle or the war, but which enclosed a check for fifty dollars with which to buy books for his colored Sunday-school, and was filled with inquiries after the interests of the school and the church.
He had no time or inclination to write of the great victory and the imperishable laurels he was winning; but he found time to remember his noble work among God's poor, and to contribute further to the good of the negro children whose true friend and benefactor he had always been.
And he was accustomed to say that one of the very greatest privations to him which the war brought, was that he was taken away from his loved work in the colored Sunday-school.
thus acquired, a wonderful influence over the colored people of that whole region, and to this day his memory is warmly cherished by them.
's army was marching into Lexington
, the Confederate
flag which floated over Jackson
's grave was hauled down and concealed by some of the citizens.
A lady who stole into the cemetery one morning while the Federal
army was occupying the town, bearing fresh flowers