48+ Best Stonewall Jackson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and became one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee. Profoundly inspirational Stonewall Jackson quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Stonewall Jackson Quotes

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

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.Stonewall Jackson

I have so fixed the habit in my own mind that I never raise a glass of water to my lips without a moment’s asking of God’s blessing. I never seal a letter without putting a word of prayer under the seal. I never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward. I never change classes in the section room without a minute’s petition on the cadets who go out and those who come in.Stonewall Jackson

My men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never!Stonewall Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

Our movement was a great success; I think the most successful military movement of my life. 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

Do your duty and leave the rest to Providence.Stonewall Jackson

We are all but instruments of God.Stonewall Jackson

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

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

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

Through life let your principal object be the discharge of duty.Stonewall Jackson

Died of wounds inflicted in error by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville during the US Civil War. Let us cross over the river and sit in the shade of the trees.Stonewall Jackson

The hardships of forced marches are often more painful than the dangers of battleStonewall Jackson

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

Under divine blessing, we must rely on the bayonet when firearms cannot be furnishedStonewall Jackson

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

Press on, press on, men.Stonewall Jackson

I find I like it too much.Stonewall Jackson

My duty is to obey orders.Stonewall Jackson

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

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

Who could not conquer with such troops as these?Stonewall Jackson

Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.Stonewall Jackson

Never take counsel of your fears.Stonewall Jackson

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

People who are anxious to bring on war don’t know what they are bargaining for; they don’t see all the horrors that must accompany such an event.Stonewall Jackson

I want my army to be an army of the living God.Stonewall Jackson

War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight. Armies are not called out to dig trenches, to throw up breastworks, to 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. This will involve great destruction of life and property while it lasts; but such a war will of necessity be of brief continuance, and so would be an economy of life and property in the end.Stonewall Jackson

There are but few commanders who properly appreciate the value of celerity.Stonewall Jackson

The only winner today is big business.Stonewall Jackson

You may be whatever you resolve to be.Stonewall Jackson

Let us go over, and sit in the shade of the trees.Stonewall Jackson

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

Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!Stonewall Jackson

What is life without honor? Degradation is worse than death.Stonewall Jackson

We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one. Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength.Stonewall Jackson

My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.Stonewall Jackson

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

I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.Stonewall Jackson

My troops may fail to take a position, but are never driven from one!Stonewall Jackson

In the Army of the Shenandoah, you were the First Brigade! In the Army of the Potomac you were the First Brigade! In the Second Corps of this Army, you are the First Brigade! You are the First Brigade in the affections of your general, and I hope by your future deeds and bearing you will be handed down the posterity as the First Brigade in this our Second War of Independence. Farewell!Stonewall Jackson

Once you get them running, you stay right on top of them, and that way a small force can defeat a large one every time… Only thus can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength.Stonewall Jackson

It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils.Stonewall Jackson

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