May 10, 2009 marked the 146th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest men of history, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. His death, I believe, marked the demise of the Confederate States of America. As his close friend, Robert E. Lee remarked,”Jackson has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right”. The event took place at the end of the second battle of Manassas, where Jackson was riding in the night without knowing where his army was. His staff was attacked by a party of men and Jackson was shot in left arm. There has been quite a bit of speculation as to who shot Jackson, but it is believed that he was mistakenly shot by a North Carolina regiment. His arm was amputated and he began to suffer from pneumonia. He died on Sunday May 10, 1863 at the age of 39.
Jackson remains a hero to this day to his fellow Southerners and a respected enemy by Northerners. His military skill and prowess is still studied in military schools. He had an extraordinary sense of duty where he risked his life to complete his duty. However, the greatest element of Stonewall Jackson was the love he had for his Savior. He was a devout Presbyterian and loved the Word and held the Lord’s day in high regard, an example everyone should follow.
One can make all the conjectures in the world, but I would say that if Jackson had not died in 1863, the South might have won the war. I think he was a greater match than Grant or Sherman and he never went astray from the laws of just warfare. Nevertheless, God’s Will was done and that we cant argue with.