Jackson, Mary Anna
One of the World’s Greatest Warriors. One of God’s Greatest Soldiers.
Stonewall Jackson – his very name evokes the image of the solid, immovable Confederate general, whose sobriquet earned at the Battle of 1st Manassas no longer requires quotation marks.
But no one has labeled Thomas Jonathan Jackson a ‘marble man,’ as impenetrable as the statues which commemorate his valor, because his pious Christian character, his service to the church and his teaching vocation, his unwavering commitment to duty, his affectionate role as a husband and father, as well as his magnificent service to Virginia and the Southern Confederacy were carefully recorded by his close friend and confident Robert Lewis Dabney.
Dr. Dabney understood, far better than most subsequent biographers, the animating principles of Stonewall Jackson’s life – his personal faith in Jesus Christ and his absolute trust in the Providence of God. Labeled by some a religious fanatic, General Jackson was simply a consistent biblical Christian who lived out his faith every day, seriously and without compromise.
Robert L. Dabney (March 5, 1820 – January 3, 1898) was an American Christian theologian, a Southern Presbyterian pastor, and Confederate Army chaplain.
“Other biographers have appeared. But the one written by the seminary professor and staff officer is still a standard reference.” – John W. Schildt
“Robert Louis Dabney…wrote more than a biography. It shaped itself as a…succession of moral lessons, a review of the Southern cause and an expose of the misdeeds of the North. His constant assumption that the Almighty was a Southern partisan shocks the present day reader. The essential accuracy of his book, written in a time of misery and confusion, is a tribute to his memory, his diligence, and his mental capacity.” – Douglas Southall Freeman
“I acknowledge…the debt I owe to a soldier and writer of such conspicuous ability. I have quoted freely from his [Dabney’s] pages.” – G.F.R. Henderson
“Dabney was earnest and pious – just to Jackson’s taste…His early biography of his hero understandably never painted Stonewall in muted hues.” – Robert Krick