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

— Stonewall Jackson

The most inspiring Stonewall Jackson quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

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.


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.


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.


Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet!


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


Duty is ours; the consequences are the Lord God's


Do your duty and leave the rest to Providence.


Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible;

and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit...


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!


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


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.


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


About Stonewall Jackson

Quotes 47 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight. ... To move swiftly, strike vigorously, and secure all the fruits of victory is the secret of successful war.


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.


We are all but instruments of God.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


I find I like it too much.


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.


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


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


Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.


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


This army stays here until the last wounded man is removed.

Before I leave them to the enemy, I will lose many more men.


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


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


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.


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!


My duty is to obey orders.


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.


The only winner today is big business.


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


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


You may be whatever you resolve to be.


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


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 be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.


Who could not conquer with such troops as these?


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


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


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


Press on, press on, men.