I have a priest friend who refers to all other motorists equally as “Jackson”. A great idea, that, since it help you not to refer to all other motorists as “____”. There is also a great old book called Father Smith Instructs Jackson. It is a great old “anonymous” name!
That said, when I saw “Jackson” on the rss of one of the sites I check daily, I thought I would share the link and tale.
From the Civil War Gazette for today, 4 November 1861.
General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson rose in his stirrups, raised his arms and addressed the men of the First Brigade, the Stonewall Brigade. Having saved the day at Manassas, their General, rising in popularity, rank and responsibility, was leaving them. Jackson had been given command of the Shenandoah Valley. The promotion, however, was bittersweet. While Stonewall was moving to the Valley, the Stonewall Brigade was not. Had the move been a request, rather than an order, Jackson would have stayed with his men.
But it was an order and on this date, he was before them, extolling their many virtues in a heartfelt farewell.
“You were the First Brigade in the Army of the Shenandoah, the First Brigade in the Army of the Potomac, the first Brigade in the Second Corps, and are the First Brigade in the hearts of your generals. I hope that you will be the First Brigade in this, our second struggle for independence, and in the future, on the fields on which the Stonewall Brigade are engaged, I expect to hear of crowning deeds of valor and of victories gloriously achieved! May God bless you all! Farewell!”
With that and with tears in his eyes, he departed to the sobbing cheers of his beloved soldiers. Jackson, along with aid “Sandie” Pendleton and Chief of Staff John T. L. Preston, boarded a train at the Manassas depot for Strasburg, which they reached after dark.
Read the rest there.
During a conversation with a friend yesterday, I was reminded that I was born less than 100 years after the end of the Civil War. It wasn’t all that long ago, in the Grand Scheme Of Things.