Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863), known as one of the country's greatest generals, served under General Robert E. Lee in the Confederate Army. General Jackson's tremendous success in combat against great odds was witnessed in numerous battles, including the Battle of Bull Run, Cross Keys, Shenandoah Valley, Port Republic, the Seven Day's Battle, the Second Battle of Bull Run, etc. When he died, General Lee announced, "I have lost my right arm."
As professor of philosophy and tactics at Virginia Military Institute, General Jackson was quoted saying:
"When we take our meals, there is the grace. When I take a draught of water, I always pause... to lift up my heart to God in thanks and prayer for the water of life. Whenever I (send) a letter... I send a petition along with it, for God's blessing upon its mission and upon the person to whom it is sent. When I (open) a letter... I stop to pray to God that He may prepare me for its contents.... When I go to my class-room and await the arrangement of the cadets in their places, that is my time to intercede with God for them." Dabney, Jackson, p. 107. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington, MN: Garborg's Heart'N Home, Inc., 1991), 1.23.
In 1824, Jackson wrote to his uncle Alfred Neale, concerning the sudden death of his brother Warren:
"I have received no answer to my last communication conveying the sad news of my brother's premature death. He died in the hope of a bright immorality at the right hand of His Redeemer.... As time is knowledge I must hasten my pen forward. We have received the smile of Bounteous Providence in a favorable Spring. There is a volunteer company being formed here to march to Texas, in order to assist in the noble cause of liberty." John G. Gittings, Personal Recollections of Stonewall Jackson (Cincinnati: The Editor Publishing Company, 1899), p. 32. Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America's History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 192.
General Jackson's old servant said he:
"... could always tell when a battle was near at hand, by seeing the general get up a great many times in the night to pray." John William Jones, Christ in the Camp (1887), p. 88. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington MN: Garborg's Heart'N Home, Inc., 1991), 4.2.
After the Battle of Cross Keys, Chaplain Bennett recorded a soldiers remarks:
"I saw something today which affected me more than anything I ever saw or read on religion. While the battle was raging and the bullets were flying, Jackson rode by, calm as if her were at home, but his head was raised toward heaven, and his lips were moving evidently in prayer." William W. Bennett, A Narrative of the Great Revival Which Prevailed in the Southern Armies (1877), p. 67. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington MN: Garborg's Heart'N Home, Inc., 1991), 8.13.