"General," said [Gen. John D.] Imboden, "how is that you can keep so cool, and appear so utterly insensible to danger in such a storm of shell and bullets as rained about you when your hand was hit?"
"Captain," replied Jackson in a grave and reverential manner, "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."
After a pause, and looking Imboden full in the face, he added, "That is the way all men should live and then all would be equally brave."
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Henry Alexander White, Stonewall Jackson, p. 95: