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Obeyed the order.

When John Brown made his attempt to arouse insurrection in Virginia, Governor Wise called out the troops, of the State, and ordered the Corps of Cadets to be held ready for immediate service. General Smith, superintendent of the corps, promptly obeyed the orders. Major Jackson reported at the guard-room ready for the field. General Smith, after giving attention to some matters requiring it, said: ‘Major Jackson, you will remain as you are till further orders.’ At that moment Major Jackson was seated upon a campstool in the guard-room with his sabre across his knees.

Next morning at reveille General Smith repaired to the guardroom and found Jackson sitting on the camp-stool and said:

‘Why, Major, why are you here?’

“Because you ordered me to remain here as I was last night, and I have done so.”1

Next year he went off to the great war between the States, and won fame at once. Rumors of a great victory came. His wife and friends were anxious for the news. It came by a courier, who spurred in hot haste to his home, in Lexington. These were the words: ‘My subscription to the negro Sunday-school is due—it is fifty cents—which I send by the courier.’ Nothing more.

At the First Manassas his fame was made, when that noble soldier, Bernard Bee, cried out to his wavering men, ‘See where Jackson, with his Virginians, stands like a stone wall! Let us form behind them.’

After the repulse at Malvern Hill, General Lee and other generals were discussing the situation, and what we were to do in the morning. Jackson was lying upon the ground, apparently slumbering, his cap lying over his face. He was aroused and asked his opinion [314] of what was to be done in the morning. Removing the cap from his face, he said: ‘They won't be there in the morning,’ nor were they.

One morning, while marching with his staff, he stopped at the door of a farm-house. A gentle-looking woman was in the porch, with a little child at her knee, of whom he requested a drink of water. She promptly handed him a stone jug of cool and fresh water, which he quaffed like a horse. One of his staff asked the good woman to ‘give me a drink of that water, please.’ She emptied the pitcher upon the ground, went into the house and brought out a white pitcher, from which she gave the captain a drink. ‘Why did you not give it from the other pitcher?’ asked the officer. ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘No man's lips shall ever again drink from that pitcher.’

1 Jackson was Professor of Mathematics. There was a desire on the part of the cadets that he should command the corps in the impending battle. General Smith meant he should remain as Professor of Mathematics by ‘remain as you are.’

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