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At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Confederate Army commissioned Thomas Jonathan Jackson as a colonel in the Virginia forces, given the job of organizing the forces and dispatches of the newborn army. He would eventually rise to the rant of Lieutenant General, renowned for his military and strategic skill in both the North and the South. During his stealthy march around General Pope's Union Army, a Philadelphia paper remarked, "The prayerful partisan has not been heard from for a week, which bodes no good." At Harper's Ferry, a group of over 11,000 captured Union soldiers greeted him with exultation and "marked respect." However, this says little about T. J. Jackson as a person. Often viewed as indifferent and eccentric by his troops, his only excusing factor was that he brought them victory without fail.
Legends of his character, sprouted often from total fiction, could not eclipse the well know and documented idiosyncrasies of this lauded Confederate General. His