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GrpCaptMandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-29-05 03:07 AM
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28. "Ole Blue Light"
was the Nineteenth century answer to Patton. Two Confederate officer deaths defined the outcome of the War of Northern Aggression. Early on, it was the death of General Albert Sydney Johnston at Shiloh. Hit by a minie ball in the leg, he ordered his surgeon to attend the needs of the enlisted men before him. He bled to death in his boot.

Jackson was shot down by a gang of Tarheels who forgot the password.

We love him in these parts, since he's of ours, West Virginian. His Mama's buried about two miles from my house as the crow flies. We keep her grave decorated.

But he was insane. Crazy. Battle-junkie. Lemon-sucker. Wouldn't fight on Sunday if A.Lincoln challenged him personally. An artillery professor who had radical ideas about just how hard you could push a human being. His charges were referred to as "foot cavalry" for their ability to go without ceasing and then fight without ceasing. His efforts were worthy of an American Caesar (pre-dictatorial).

Just as the shit was beginning to hit the fan, he made his way here (no small feat from VMI to Marshall's Pillars) to bid "Mama" farewell.

He was brutal in the extreme. Upon receiving remarks from his adjutants as to the heroism of the other side, he responded "Kill them. Kill them all."

There is absoultely no doubt, however, that the discipline he maintained would have resulted in a complete victory at Gettysburg. Lee split TJJ's command into three prior to Gettysburg. And all three commanders failed him, where Jackson knew not the meaning of the word.

Some southerners still hold the entire state of North Carolina to blame for the death of General Jackson.

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