Stonewall Jackson Quotes

I was afraid the fire would not be hot enough for me to distinguish myself.


I am more anxious than I can express that my men should be not only good soldiers of their country, but also good soldiers of the cross.


He is cautious. He ought to be. But he is NOT slow. Lee is a phenomenon. He is the only man whom I would follow blindfolded.


I want my army to be an army of the living God.


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


Duty is ours; the consequences are the Lord God’s


I have so fixed the habit in my own mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without a moment’s asking of God’s blessing. I never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal. I never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward. I never change classes in the section room without a minute’s petition on the cadets who go out and those who come in.


Our movement was a great success; I think the most successful military movement of my life. But I expect to receive more credit for it than I deserve. Most men will think I planned it all from the first; but it was not so. I simply took advantage of circumstances as they were presented to me in the providence of God. I feel that His hand led me – let us give Him the glory.


All I am and all I have is at the service of my country.


Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in 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.


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


Our movement was a great success; I think the most successful military movement of my life. But I expect to receive more credit for it than I deserve. Most men will think I planned it all from the first; but it was not so. I simply took advantage of circumstances as they were presented to me in the providence of God. I feel that His hand led me – let us give Him the glory.


Arms is a profession that, if its principles are adhered to for success, requires an officer do what he fears may be wrong, and yet, according to military experience, must be done, if success is to be attained.


My troops may fail to take a position, but are never driven from one!


The hardships of forced marches are often more painful than the dangers of battle


Under divine blessing, we must rely on the bayonet when firearms cannot be furnished


Who could not conquer with such troops as these?