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Few such spectacles have been witnessed in modern times, and it is needless to add that few such examples have ever told with such wondrous power upon the hearts of men. Is it surprising that “StonewallJackson is invincible, and that he can lead his army to certain victory, whenever God's blessing precedes the act?

Jackson delighted in religious conversation and frequently engaged in it with his whole soul at times least expected by those who did not know him. During one of his battles, while he was waiting in the rear of a part of his command, which he had put in position to engage the attention of the enemy while another division had been sent to flank them, a young officer on his staff gave him a copy of the sketch of ‘Captain Dabney Carr Harrison,’ a young Presbyterian minister, widely known and loved in Virginia, who had been killed at Fort Donelson. He expressed himself highly gratified at getting the sketch, and entered into an earnest conversation on the power of Christian example. He was interrupted by an officer, who reported ‘the enemy advancing,’ but paused only long enough to give the laconic order, ‘Open on them,’ and then resumed the conversation, which he continued for some time, only pausing now and then to receive dispatches and give necessary orders. A chaplain relates that on the eve of the battle of Fredericksburg he saw an officer wrapped in his overcoat, so that his marks of rank could not be seen, lying just in the rear of a battery quietly reading his Bible. He approached and entered into conversation on the prospects of the impending battle, but the officer soon changed the conversation to religious topics, and the chaplain was led to ask, ‘What regiment are you chaplain of?’ What was his astonishment to find that the quiet Bible-reader and fluent talker upon religious subjects was none other than the famous ‘StonewallJackson.

He did everything in his power to encourage his chaplains and help them in their work, was a regular and deeply interested attendant on religious services, and was largely instrumental in the organization of our Chaplains' Association. He was accustomed to say, when hearing accounts of religious matters in the army which pleased him: ‘That is good—very good—we ought to thank God for that.’

I remember one day, when walking over from near Hamilton's Crossing to a meeting of our Chaplains' Association, that General

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