while we mourn his death, we feel that his spirit still lives and will inspire the whole army with his indomitable courage and unshaken confidence in God as our hope and our strength.
Let his name be a watchword to his corps, who has followed him — to victory on so many fields.
Let officers and soldiers emulate his invincible determination to do everything in the defense of our beloved country.
When, in the autumn of the year, Lee
wrote his official report of this famous campaign, after calmly reviewing it, he said:
The movement by which the enemy's position was turned and the fortune of the day decided, was conducted by the lamented Lieutenant-General Jackson, who, as has already been stated, was severely wounded near the close of the engagement on Saturday evening. I do not propose here to speak of the character of this illustrious man, since removed from the scene of his eminent usefulness by the hand of an inscrutable, but all-wise Providence.
I nevertheless desire to pay the tribute of my admiration to the matchless energy and skill that marked the last act of his life, forming, as it did, a worthy conclusion of that long series of splendid achievements which won him the lasting love and gratitude of his country.
In a letter to his wife, written May 11th, concerning ‘the loss of the good and great Jackson
wrote: ‘Any victory would be dear at such a price.
His remains go to Richmond
I know not how to replace him, but God's will be done.
I trust He will raise some one in his place.’
In an article on ‘Stonewall Jackson's Place in His-tory,’ by Lieut.-Col. G. F. R. Henderson
, professor of strategy in the British Staff college
, contributed to the ‘Life of Jackson
,’ by his wife, he wrote:
When Jackson fell at Chancellorsville, his military career had only just begun, and the question, what place he takes in history, is hardly so pertinent as the question, what place he could have taken had he been spared.
So far as his opportunities had permitted, he had shown himself in no way inferior to the greatest generals of the century, to Wellington, to Napoleon, or to Lee. That Jackson was equal to the highest demands of strategy his deeds and conceptions show; that he was equal to the task of handling a large army on the field of battle must be left to conjecture; but throughout the whole of his soldier's life he was never intrusted with any detached mission which he failed to execute with complete success.
No general made fewer mistakes.
No general so persistently outwitted his opponents.
No general better understood the use of the ground or the value of time.
No general was more highly endowed with courage, both physical and moral, and none ever secured to a greater degree the trust and affection of his troops.
And yet, so upright was his life, so profound his faith, so exquisite his tenderness, that Jackson's many victories are almost his least claim to be ranked amongst the world's true heroes.