December 20, 2006 at 9:06 pm #475PhidippidesKeymaster
I found this tidbit about Stonewall Jackson:
?Stonewall? Jackson was a devout Presbyterian Sunday school teacher, who taught local African Americans to read the Bible contrary to Virginia law. During the war, he detested fighting on Sabbath and was comforted when he learned he would die on a Sunday.
http://www.moc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=abt_ov_fun_factsIt's interesting that a leader of the Confederate Army would violate the law of the land to educate slaves. I think it goes to the fact that for southerners, the war had different elements; the reasons why some fought were not necessarily the reasons why others fought.December 20, 2006 at 10:08 pm #7588
Most of the generals had no interest in protecting slavery as an institution. Lee is a prime example as is Jackson. They fought to protect their homes, there families and their friends.December 20, 2006 at 11:09 pm #7589
Jackson forced his men to attend church even before battle…..if you didn't get your men to church, Jackson got very very grumpy with his officers. But the men never questioned their general because they knew he would get them out of dire situations alive. He was the master of quick strikes and holding the line.December 21, 2006 at 1:33 am #7590
I watched Gods and Generals before I read a Jackson Biography and thought they had over emphasized his religious habits, I was wrong, he really was that zealous for his beliefs.December 21, 2006 at 7:02 am #7591
Here is probably the best book done on Jackson. I read this one years ago, but I enjoyed it very much.December 21, 2006 at 8:01 am #7592
I havent heard of that one. The one I have is 'They call him Stonewall' By Burke Davis.December 22, 2006 at 5:51 am #7593PhidippidesKeymaster
Here is probably the best book done on Jackson. I read this one years ago, but I enjoyed it very much.
Sounds like a book Stumpfoot should bid on, eh?? 🙂December 22, 2006 at 8:51 am #7594
I havent even read the one I have….yet.December 22, 2006 at 10:13 pm #7595
If anyone has any book requests I have a rather extensive library. I'll put it up on the auction block at a reasonable price. I kinda wish some of the folks here would list some books. I'd rather buy from folks here than pay out to book stores or dealers I don't know. The auction is totally free at the moment so now is the time to take advantage of it.December 22, 2006 at 10:38 pm #7596
I'm going to go over there and look around that site.February 23, 2007 at 12:48 am #7597H.H. BuggfuzzParticipant
Jackson was as stated a deeply religious man. He had no tolerance of alcohol, gambling or immorality. He had an ongoing conflict with A.P. Hill and had him arrested twice. He did ,however, respect Hill's military abilities. An interesting fact about Hill is the reason he was absent sick so much during the war. When he was at West Point on one of his leaves he visited a brothel and contracted gonorrhea. This caused recurring prostatitis which incapacitated him at inopportune times. He had to be released from arrest to save the day at Sharpsburg by his timely arrival.February 26, 2007 at 8:21 am #7598
I suppose Jackson never said “told you so”.
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