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Stonewall Jackson

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The courage of Civil War leader Stonewall Jackson in the midst of conflict can be a lesson for the believer. Historian Mark Brinsley wrote, "A battlefield is a deadly place, even for generals; and it would be naive to suppose Jackson never felt the animal fear of all beings exposed to wounds and death. But invariably he displayed extraordinary calm under fire, a calm too deep and masterful to be mere pretense. His apparent obliviousness to danger attracted notice, and after the first Manassas battle someone asked him how he managed it. &ls;My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.' Jackson explained, &ls;God (knows the) time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter where it may overtake me.' He added pointedly, &ls;That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.'"