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Christ-Like Affections in the Life of General Jackson

Primary Source
Mary Anna Jackson, Life and Letters of General Thomas J. Jackson (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892), 407-412. __________________________________________________
Winter of 1862-1863
“During this winter, at Moss Neck, General Jackson’s Christian activity and spirituality became more marked than ever before, showing a rich ripening for the rewards and glories of the heavenly inheritance. To a friend he expressed his perfect assurance of faith, and said he had been for a long time a stranger to fear, ‘because he knew and was assured of the love of Christ to his soul; he felt not the faintest dread that he should ever fall under the wrath of God, although a great sinner; he was forever reconciled by the righteousness of Christ, and that love for God and Christ was now the practical spring of all his penitence.’ He then arose from his seat, and with an impressive union of humility and solemn elevation continued, in substance, thus: ‘Nothing earthly can mar my happiness. I kn…

The Following to His Son Custis Gives a Vivid Picture of Christmas at Arlington

Arlington, 28th December, 1851.
We came on last Wednesday morning. It was a bitter cold day, and we were kept waiting an hour in the depot at Baltimore for the cars, which were detained by the snow and frost in the rails. We found your grandfather at the Washington depot, Daniel and the old carriage and horses, and young Daniel on the colt Mildred. Your mother, grandfather, Mary Eliza, the little people, and the baggage, I thought load enough for the carriage, so Rooney and I took our feet in our hands and walked over. We looked for the Anne Case, in which to get a lift to Roop's Hill, but congratulated ourselves afterwards that we missed her, for she only overtook us after we had passed Jackson City, and was scarcely out of sight when we turned up the Washington turnpike. The snow impeded the carriage as well as us, and we reached here shortly after it. The children were delighted at getting back, and passed the evening in devising pleasure for the morrow. They were in upon us bef…

Was Secession Legal for the Southern States?

Was Secession Legal for the  Southern States? By Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery

     Any time you might hear anything about American history, specifically from the 1860s, there is much conversation about slavery, taxes and States’ rights! And yes, each of these topics are worthy of discussion but discussing any one of them often leads to overlook a most fundamental question: “Do people or a state(s) have the right to live under abuses by its government or are there tools by which its people can throw off such abuses or even withdraw from an abusive government?” I want to focus of the issue of the right of secession.
     Many people heatedly condemned the secessionists when the first Seven States seceded from the United States in 1861, viewing it as unauthorized or as unconstitutional. And yet, no such
disparaging remarks are made about the Secession of the Thirteen Colonies from the British Empire in 1776—or the Secession of Mexico from the Spanish Empire in 1810—
or even the Secession of Te…

The Generals Daughter: Julia Laura Jackson Christian

The Generals Daughter: Julia Laura Jackson ChristianBy Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery
Tonight I would like to present to you the young lady, Julia Laura Jackson Christian. Certainly, many other women could have been chosen to be the topic of a lecture, who were the daughters of the Confederacy. Women like Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy at
the age of 17, who was the daughter of Benjamin Reed Boyd, a Confederate soldier in the Second Virginia Regiment of the “Stonewall Brigade.” Another woman is
Helen Keller, who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and whose father was Arthur Henley Keller, a Captain in the Confederate Army. Another is Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a prolific pro-Confederate writer, whose father was Williams Rutherford, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia and had two uncles who were Confederate Generals: Howell Cobb (a Major General) and Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (a Brigadier General). And the list goes on. But for tonight, I would…