Stonewall Jacksonhis very name evokes the image of the solid, immovable Confederate general whose sobriquet, earned at the Battle of 1st Manassas, no longer requires quotation marks. But no one has labeled Thomas Jonathan Jackson a marble man, as impenetrable as the statues which commemorate his valor. His pious Christian character, service to the church, unwavering commitment to duty, affectionate role as husband and father, as well as his magnificent service to Virginia were carefully recorded by his close friend Robert Louis Dabney. Labeled by some a religious fanatic, General Jackson was simply a consistent biblical Christian who lived out his faith every day, seriously and without compromise. The battle accounts in The Life and Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson resonate with the first-hand knowledge of a man who has seen the face of battle, as Major Dabney often did as General Jacksons adjutant in the Valley Campaign. His account of military life in the field with General Jackson provides poignant insight into the character of the General as they discuss theology and military history, pray together, and gallop to the sound of the guns. Jacksons theology was supremely orthodox, being rooted in the biblical tradition of Knox, Calvin, and Edwards. In a day bereft of true heroes, Stonewalls gallant deeds and virtuous conduct still move our hearts with admiration. He shows us how a Christian soldier should live and die.
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