I have noted other illustrations of this point, but I find I am in danger of making this paper too long, and must omit much that I might say.
was noted for the quickness of his decisions, and his short orders on the battlefield.
on the Valley
campaign he said to Colonel Patton
, who commanded a brigade: ‘The enemy will presently plant a battery on that hill, when they do you must seize it at once; clamp it immediately, sir!’
During one of the battles around Richmond
a staff officer galloped up to him and reported: ‘General Ewell
says, sir, that he cannot well advance until that battery over there is silenced.’
Turning to one of his staff, he said: ‘Gallop as hard as you can, and tell Major Andrews
to bring sixteen guns to bear on that battery, and silence it immediately.’
was in position; his guns opened, and before long the battery was silenced.
When this was reported to Jackson
, he said, with a quiet smile: ‘Now, tell General Ewell
to drive them.’
In the afternoon at Gains' Mill, June 27th, 1862, the progress seemed not to have been as rapid as he expected, as gallant Fitz John Porter
made a heroic defense, and Jackson
exclaimed to one of his staff: ‘This thing has hung fire too long; go rapidly to every brigade commander in my corps and tell him that if the enemy stands at sundown he must advance his brigade regardless of others, and sweep the field with the bayonet.’
It was this order that won the day despite the gallant defense.
I chanced to be near and heard the order he gave General Early
at Cedar Run
) in the fight with our old friend, General Banks
's quartermaster,’ our men facetiously called him), who commanded the advance of General Pope
We had been skirmishing all of the morning, and Colonel Pendleton
, of Jackson
's staff, rode up to General Early
and said quietly: ‘General Jackson
's compliments to General Early
, and says that he must advance on the enemy, and he will be supported by General Winder
Grim old Early
replied in his curtest tones: ‘Give my compliments to General Jackson
, and tell him I will do it.’
It was on this field that several of Jackson
's Brigades were broken, and it looked as if Banks
was about to win, when Jackson
dashed in among them, and rallied the confused ranks by exclaiming, ‘Rally on your colors, and let your general lead you to victory.
will lead you.’
His presence acted like magic, the broken troops were rallied, the lines restored and the victory won.