17 Famous Stonewall Jackson Quotes

17 Famous Stonewall Jackson Quotes

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Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was a confederate general during the Civil War. He replaced Robert E. Lee after he was accidentally shot. His examples of leadership and innovation are still studied today. He died on May 10, 1863 at the age of 39.

“Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up the pursuit so long as your men have strength to follow; for an army routed,
if hotly pursued, becomes panic-stricken, and can then be destroyed by half their number. The other rule is, never fight against heavy odds, if by any possible maneuvering you can hurl your
own force on only a part, and that the weakest part of your enemy and crush it. Such tactics will win every time, and a small army may thus destroy a large one in detail, and repeated
victory will make it invincible.”

“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when
it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”

“I like liquor — its taste and its effects — and that is just the reason why I never drink it.”

“I yield to no man in sympathy for the gallant men under my command; but I am obliged to sweat them tonight, so that I may save their blood tomorrow. The line of hills southwest of
Winchester must not be occupied by the enemies artillery. My own must be there and in position by daylight. … You shall however have two hours rest.”

“In my tent last night, after a fatiguing day’s service, I remembered that I failed to send a contribution for our colored Sunday school. Enclosed you will find a check for that object,
which please acknowledge at your earliest convenience and oblige yours faithfully.”

“Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

“My men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never!”

“Nothing justifies profanity.”

“Once you get them running, you stay right on top of them, and that way a small force can defeat a large one every time.”

“Our God was my shield. His protecting care is an additional cause for gratitude.”

“The only true rule for cavalry is to follow the enemy as long as he retreats.”

“The time for war has not yet come, but it will come, and that soon; and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.”

“Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!”

“War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight.”

“We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one. Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength.”

“Who could not conquer with such troops as these?”

“You may be whatever you resolve to be.”