From reading various books concerning the War Between the States, I’ve seen both sides concur that Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was one of the best generals during the war and one of the best generals from these United States. He was not only an exemplary general and soldier during the War Between the States, but also an outstanding officer during the Mexican War. He was an eminent leader, a man of courage, discipline, and knowledge, an example of calmness and patience under fire, and a firm believer in duty. In addition to his military career, he was a professor for years at the Virginia Military Institute and an elder and Sunday school teacher in the Presbyterian Church. Although there is much to respect when his achievements are considered, more impressive is the character of the man.
Possibly the quotation best known about Jackson, and no doubt the best summary of his character, is, “Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.” In all aspects of his life, Jackson tried to do his duty as a Christian, but never forgot that God is in control and that everything occurs according to His plan – and that these consequences always resulted in good. …
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