50 Best Stonewall Jackson Quotes from the American Civil War General

Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, born in Clarksburg, Virginia in 1824, is second only to Robert E. Lee in Confederate prominence.

Orphaned by seven, he lived with his uncle, Cummins Jackson. Overcoming early adversities and limited education, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1846.

After notable service in the Mexican War, he taught at the Virginia Military Institute.

When Virginia seceded in 1861, Jackson formed an effective Confederate unit. His determination at First Manassas earned him the nickname “Stonewall”.


As a major general, he brilliantly defeated larger Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley in 1862, and shone at Second Manassas and Fredericksburg.

Tragically, in 1863, after being mistakenly shot by his own troops at Chancellorsville, Jackson died of pneumonia.

I have made a list of the top quotes by Stonewall Jackson.

Best Stonewall Jackson Quotes

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.

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


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

The only winner today is big business. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible. ~ 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.

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.

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

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

Famous Stonewall Jackson Quotes

The time for war has not yet come, but it will come, and that soon; and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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

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

I have so fixed the habit in my mind that I never raise a glass to my lips without asking God’s blessing. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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

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

Inspirational Stonewall Jackson Quotes

You may be whatever you resolve to be. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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

Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

Do your duty and leave the rest to Providence. ~ 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.


I find I like it too much. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

Never take counsel of your fears. ~ 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.

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

The hardships of forced marches are often more painful than the dangers of battle. ~ 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.

Under divine blessing, we must rely on the bayonet when firearms cannot be furnished. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

I never take a letter from the post without a brief sending of my thoughts heavenward. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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

My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

If the general government should persist in the measures now threatened, there must be war. It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils. ~ Stonewall 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.

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.

My men have sometimes fail to take a position but to defend one, never! ~ 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.

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

Top Stonewall Jackson Quotes

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.

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.

My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to always be ready, no matter when it may overtake me. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

We are all but instruments of God. ~ Stonewall Jackson.

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


My duty is to obey orders. ~ 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.

Why should the peace of a true Christian be disturbed by anything which man can do unto him? Has not God promised to make all things work together for good to those who love him? ~ Stonewall Jackson.

So these were the 50 top Stonewall Jackson quotes on battle, leadership, death, slavery, war and bravery.

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