In All Its Beauty

The great Valley of Virginia was before us in all its beauty. Fields of wheat spread far and wide, interspersed with woodlands, bright in their robes of tender green. Wherever appropriate sites existed, quaint old mills, with turning wheels, were busily grinding the previous year’s harvest; and grove and eminence showed comfortable homesteads. The soft […]

Watchword

Give him my affectionate regards, and tell him to make haste and get well, and come back to me as soon as he can. He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right. GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, No. 61. May 11, 1863. With deep grief, the commanding general announces […]

Let It Be Told

When the South declared in consequence of all these things they would leave the Union unless something was done to assure their protection and justice within it, the whole air resounded with the taunts of Northern members of Congress and the Northern press, taunting them for their weakness and impotence, and threatening to overwhelm them […]

That People Whose God Is the Lord

Let us work and pray that our people may be that nation whose God is the Lord. It is delightful to see the Congressional Committee report so strongly against Sabbath mails. I trust that you will write to every member of Congress with whom you have any influence, and do all you can to procure […]

“It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled.”

Scene: Guiney’s Station, Va., May 5, 1863. SATAN, MARS. Mars. Hooker retreats; the battle ceases here. In three days’ fighting his great army lost Seventeen thousand well-drilled veterans. Lee is victorious, yet he has lost More than his enemy a thousand-fold. Jackson has fallen, and he soon must die. In vict’ry’s loving arms the hero […]

A Dissolution of the Bonds of All Society

I myself see in this war, if the North triumph, a dissolution of the bonds of all society. It is not alone the destruction of our property, but the prelude to anarchy, infidelity, and the ultimate loss of free responsible government on this continent. Thomas Jonathan Jackson in a conversation with his brother-in-law, Rufus Barringer, in […]

I Have Always Desired to Die on Sunday

I see from the number of physicians that you think my condition dangerous, but I thank God, if it is His will, that I am ready to go. […] It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled. […] I have always desired to die on Sunday. — Words of General Thomas Jonathan Jackson on […]

Our God, to Whom Be All the Honor, Praise, and Glory

Yesterday we fought a great battle and gained a great victory, for which all the glory is due to God alone. Although under a heavy fire for several continuous hours I received only one wound, the breaking of the longest finger of my left hand; but the doctor says the finger may be saved. It was […]

Amongst the Galaxy of Confederate Stars One Has Disappeared

Gen. Jackson Words have no power to express the emotion which the death of Jackson has aroused in the public mind. The heart of our whole people bleeds over the fallen hero, whom they loved so well because he so loved their cause, and vindicated it, not only with vast energy and courage, but with the most […]

God & Our Country

This Second National pattern flag, carried during the War of Northern Aggression by the Consolidated 6th & 7th Arkansas Infantry Regiment, is currently housed in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.  In official service from May 26, 1863 to March 4, 1865, the pattern became known as the “Stainless Banner” due to its pure white field. […]