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40 Stonewall Jackson Quotes From The Battle-Tested Confederate General

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While he fought for the confederacy, these Stonewall Jackson quotes show there was still a lot to learn from the historic General.

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General Thomas Jonathan Jackson served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War.

He is one of the best-known Confederate commanders and had several nicknames, including Stonewall Jackson.

He was also called ‘Old Jack,’ ‘Old Blue Light,’ and ‘Tom Fool.’

Jackson had a prominent role in most of the military engagements in the Eastern Theater of the war until his death and was an integral reason the Confederacy won many significant battles.

Military historians regard Jackson as one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history.

The military still studies his tactics today.

He was such a key element to the war that his death proved a severe setback for the Confederacy.

Its military prospects were not only dampened, but the morale of the troops and public also suffered.

Keep reading these Stonewall Jackson quotes to learn more about his thoughts on death, war, and God as well as the events surrounding his death.

Don’t forget to also check out these General George Patton quotes from one of the great American heroes.

Also, check out our most popular quote article, a list of short inspirational quotes for daily wisdom. 

See the rest of our quote database for even more inspirational ideas and thoughts.

General Stonewall Jackson quotes about death and the hazards of battle

1. “My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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2. “I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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3. “The hardships of forced marches are often more painful than the dangers of battle.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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4. (A few moments before he died) “Order A. P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hawks…” ― Stonewall Jackson

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5. (Stonewall Jackson’s last words) “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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6. “Sir! Men who desert their comrades in war deserve to be shot! And Officers who intrude for them deserve to be hung!” ― Stonewall Jackson

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7. “It is the Lord’s Day; my wish is fulfilled. I have always desired to die on Sunday.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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Inspiring Stonewall Jackson quotes about Leadership

8. “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.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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9. “Never take counsel of your fears.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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10. “I was afraid the fire would not be hot enough for me to distinguish myself.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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11. “Press on, press on, men.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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12. “Don’t say it’s impossible! Turn your command over to the next officer. If he can’t do it, I’ll find someone who can, even if I have to take him from the ranks!” ― Stonewall Jackson

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13. “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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14. “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.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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15. “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.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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Strategic Stonewall Jackson quotes about war and soldiers

16. “The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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17. “Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up on the pursuit.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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18. “My men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never!” ― Stonewall Jackson

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19. “Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!” ― Stonewall Jackson

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20. “Shoot the brave officers, and the cowards will run away and take the men with them.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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21. “This army stays here until the last wounded man is removed. Before I leave them to the enemy, I will lose many more men.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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22. “If officers desire to have control over their commands, they must remain habitually with them, industriously attend to their instruction and comfort, and in battle lead them well.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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23. “When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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24. “The business of a soldier is to fight. Armies are not called out to dig trenches, to throw up breastworks, and live in camps, but to find the enemy, and strike him; to invade his country, and do him all possible damage in the shortest possible time… but such a war would, of necessity, be of brief continuance, and so would be an economy of prosperity and life in the end.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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

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26. “Our movement was a great success; I think the most successful military movement of my life.” ― Stonewall Jackson

27. “To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of victory is the secret of successful war.” ― Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson quotes and sayings about God

28. “We are all but instruments of God.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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

30. “Under divine blessing, we must rely on the bayonet when firearms cannot be furnished.” ― Stonewall Jackson

31. “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.” ― Stonewall Jackson

32. “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.” ― Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson quotes about duty and other random thoughts

33. “I find I like it too much.” ― Stonewall Jackson

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34. “My duty is to obey orders.” ― Stonewall Jackson

35. “Duty is ours: consequences are God’s.” ― Stonewall Jackson

36. “Who could not conquer with such troops as these?” ― Stonewall Jackson

37. “All I am and all I have is at the service of my country.” ― Stonewall Jackson

38 “Look men, there stands Jackson like a stone wall. Rally behind the Virginians!”  General Barnard Bee

39. “I like liquor – its taste and its effects – and that is just the reason why I never drink it.” ― Stonewall Jackson

40. “Madam, if your son were to come home and try to shirk duty, you ought to shut your door in his face and treat him as a renegade unworthy of your name or regard.” ― Stonewall Jackson

What did you learn from these Stonewall Jackson quotes?

The Battle of Chancellorsville would be the last battle the general fought in.

Jackson and his troops deployed an aggressive flanking maneuver, one of the most successful and dramatic movements of the war, to the right of the Union lines.

The battle ensued and ended when it became too dark for them to see.

Stonewall Jackson and his troops were returning to camp when the same darkness that ended the battle would become his undoing.

The guard mistook them for Union soldiers and shouted out, “Halt, who goes there?”

He did not wait for a response before he began shooting at the company of soldiers.

Jackson’s staff frantically began shouting to identify themselves, but Major John D. Barry replied, “It’s a damned Yankee trick!

Fire!”

Jackson was hit by three bullets, two in the left arm and one in the right hand.

They killed several other men in his staff during the exchange of fire.

Doctors ended up amputating his arm and he appeared to be healing.

However, he died eight days after getting shot from complications of pneumonia.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Stonewall Jackson quotes and sayings?

Do you have any other favorite quotes to add?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Managing Editor
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  1. Barry Bateman

    March 4, 2022 at 5:47 AM

    I am not sure for certain that Stonewll Jackson said the following:- “Kill them, kill them all.” This was said in response to a question asked by one of his staff officers after the battle of Frederickburg in 1862 who complained about the death and destruction wrought by the Federal Army. “What do we do General about these people?” This could be the response of a Ukraine General in response to a similar question about the death and desruction wrought by the Russian Army on their country at the present time.

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