--In the report of Secretary Seddon
the following tribute to Stonewall Jackson
Around him clustered, with peculiar warmth, their gratitude, their affections, and their hopes. --His deeds had approved him a warrior of the highest order, as the whole tenor of his life, in peace as in war, had shown him the very type and model of the Christian
From the first battle of Manas
as, when by his firmness and invincible will he earned the title now indissolubly connected with his name, down to the battle of Chancellorsville
, where his dauntless valor struck its final and most decisive blow, he was identified with almost every important movement and brilliant victory in Virginia
He had lived long enough to reap a full harvest of fame, to have become an example of his countrymen, and the admiration of the civilized world.
But to the Confederacy
his loss is felt to be not only irreparable, because the memory of his deeds and the spirit he inspired glow through the hearts of its armies to animate to noble emulation and kindred deeds of valor, patriotism, and self devotion.
The blood of such a marty to the cause of Southern liberty and independence canonizes it to the faith and devotion of all its defenders, and constitutes a resistless appeal to the sympathies of mankind as to the justice of God against the foul aggressions of our invaders.