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The Christian Soldier: General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson

James I. Robertson, Jr. looks at the man behind the legendary Confederate hero.

Jackson and Little Sorrel, painting by David BendannLord Roberts, commander-in-chief of the British armies early in the twentieth century observed:

In my opinion Stonewall Jackson was one of the greatest natural military geniuses the world ever saw. I will go even further than that – as a campaigner in the field he never had a superior. In some respects I doubt whether he ever had an equal.

Confederate General Daniel Harvey Hill commented of General Thomas J. Jackson (1824-63) in a letter of 1863:

The striking characteristic of his mind was his profound reverence for divine and human authority. I never knew of any one whose reverence for Deity was so all pervading, and who felt so completely his entire dependence upon God.

The well-known American Presbyterian cleric Moses D. Hoge was more succinct on the subject:

To attempt to portray the life of Jackson while leaving out the religious element, would be like undertaking to describe Switzerland without making mention of the Alps.

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