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‘  son of the West’—that when asked the secret of his success, he promptly replied in characteristic, if not classic, phrase: ‘I gits thar fust with the most men.’ Jackson acted on this maxim. His men used to say: ‘Old Jack always starts at early dawn, except when he starts the night before,’ and while he rarely had ‘the most men,’ he nearly always ‘got there fust,’ and struck before the enemy was aware of his presence.
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