Today is the birthday of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (b. 1824), a man who, if piety was a rivalry, contested that of Lee himself. He was and remains one of the sharpest characters in Southern history. The Alabama Legislature has, since 1955, given rewards for those students who have, with ability and affinity, written upon the great Stonewall Jackson. The 1,500 – 2,500 word essay entries have a placing of 1st through 3rd, with the highest prise being $3,000. All high school seniors are eligible. Take the opportunity if y’all can, and pass the word to students!
“My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death.”
If all that could be gleaned from the man was this one sentence relating his trust in Divine Providence, then assuredly we would know him to be great.
The U.S. Army college Carlisle Barracks is considering removing paintings of Southern Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from its grounds. The reason given is very clear, according to the college spokeswoman:
(O)ne person has questioned why we would honor individuals who were enemies of the United States Army…
And a point is being made. Hanging portraits of great men like Lee and Jackson in a Federal war college is something of an irony. Those great Southern heroes’ lives were given in service to the South, specifically Virginia, which the Federal Government overran and effectively raped. It would be equivalent to the Bolsheviks hanging portraits of the Romanovs.
But the proposed removal of the paintings would not be out of guilt over their invasions. Opposition to the Federal government (firmly in the control of the Northern States) is secular blasphemy. And, in that regard, Lee and Jackson are two arch-fiends.
While megaliths to Lincoln are permitted and promoted, our heroes must forever remain unseen.