The English press have numerous editorials on the death of Gen. Thos. J. Jackson
The London Post
, (Government organ,) of May 26th, says:
, like the Puritans, was austere and devout, but whilst his religion taught him humility and dependence upon his Creator, it did not lead him to confound the true nature of the objects for which both he and his followers were striving, and to suppose that because their ends were noble, that, therefore, they were the champions of God.
If he was occasionally a preacher in the camp, he was also a skillful and gallant general in the field, and it is not surprising that those who had so frequently followed him to victory should have considered him as specially favored by Providence
, and have regarded him with feelings akin to devotion.
As a soldier he will hold probably the foremost place in the history of the great American civil war.
His name is in delibly associated with the most brilliant achievements of the Confederate armies, for to those achievements by his genius and his courage he more than any one else specially contributed.
Strategic ability is the most valuable qualification a General can possess, but it is not always that consummate military tacticians command the confidence of their followers, or insure the success of the operations they conduct.
It was, however, the rare good fortune of General Jackson
to lead men who, whilst their courage was exalted in an extraordinary degree by the conviction that nothing could be worse than defeat, were inspired with an unshaken faith in the genius and ability of their General.
To follow Jackson
they knew was to march to certain victory; and, if it was necessary that success should be purchased at the cost of many lives, that reflection did not dispirit them; for the cause in which they were fighting stripped death of all its terrors.
The London Herald,
organ,) of the 27th, says:
He was animated by the spirit which rendered the soldiers of the Commonwealth
irresistible in fight — which carried Havelock
through incredible dangers to the gates of Lucknow
and patriot soldier achieved the last and greatest of his successes in dying for his country.
He perished doubly a martyr, and in his last breath attested the righteousness of the cause which he sealed with his blood.
The Northern Republic has produced no heroes of the stamp of Jackson
One such man might be the salvation of them yet.
Blatant demagogues at home, bragging imbeciles in the field,
afford a spectacle so absurd, and yet so painful, that Europe
knows not whether to laugh or weep at the degradation of her children.
The Northerners want a man to do a man's work.
The only great men of the war have been developed in the South
It is very difficult to explain this.
Some may call it a fatality, some a providential arrangement.
That it is a fact is at present enough for us.