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The Dying Words of Stonewall Jackson by Sidney Lanier

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by Jefferson F. Davis, May 25, 2011.

  1. Jefferson F. Davis

    Jefferson F. Davis Banned

    May 22, 2011
    Beauvoir, Mississippi, CSA
    The Dying Words Of Stonewall Jackson

    "Order A. P. Hill to prepare for battle."
    "Tell Major Hawks to advance the Commissary train."
    "Let us cross the river and rest in the shade."

    The stars of Night contain the glittering Day
    And rain his glory down with sweeter grace
    Upon the dark World's grand, enchanted face --
    All loth to turn away.

    And so the Day, about to yield his breath,
    Utters the stars unto the listening Night,
    To stand for burning fare-thee-wells of light
    Said on the verge of death.

    O hero-life that lit us like the sun!
    O hero-words that glittered like the stars
    And stood and shone above the gloomy wars
    When the hero-life was done!

    The phantoms of a battle came to dwell
    I' the fitful vision of his dying eyes --
    Yet even in battle-dreams, he sends supplies
    To those he loved so well.

    His army stands in battle-line arrayed:
    His couriers fly: all's done: now God decide!
    -- And not till then saw he the Other Side
    Or would accept the shade.

    Thou Land whose sun is gone, thy stars remain!
    Still shine the words that miniature his deeds.
    O thrice-beloved, where'er thy great heart bleeds,
    Solace hast thou for pain!

    Sidney Lanier

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  3. Glorybound

    Glorybound Major Retired Moderator Honored Fallen Comrade

    Aug 20, 2008
    Awesome post, Jeff. I especially like your signature. I read that book several times, it's one of my favorites.

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  4. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

    May 12, 2010
    A great poem by Sidney Lanier (1842-1881. Thanks for the post. It is interesting that the poet and musician, Sidney Lanier served in Civil War. He was in Virginia in Confederate signal corp. Later he and his bother served as pilots aboard English blockade runners. He was captured on a runner and imprisoned at Point Lookout in Maryland. That is where he contracted tuberculosis which plagued him for rest of his life. He died at age 39.

    This poem was his first, written Sept. 1865. He also wrote novel, "Tiger Lilies" in 1867. Other famous poems are: "Corn", "The Symphony", "The Song of the Chattahoochee" and "The Marshes of Glynn".
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  5. Nathanb1

    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host Retired Moderator

    Dec 31, 2009
    Smack dab in the heart of Texas
    My goodness....Alan Jackson and Sidney Lanier. Who would have thought? I guess a good river name is just inspiring to a lot of folks.

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  6. oldreb1343

    oldreb1343 Retired User

    Apr 28, 2011
    beautiful poem for a great general
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  7. KeyserSoze

    KeyserSoze Captain

    Apr 14, 2011
    Kansas City
    The anniversary of his death was two weeks ago.
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  8. WhistlingDixie

    WhistlingDixie Private

    Aug 9, 2013
    And today was his birthday...
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  9. Cavalry Charger

    Cavalry Charger Sergeant Major

    Jan 24, 2017
    Here is something I posted only a few days ago to do with Stonewall Jackson's death. I loved the poem...particularly the line 'Yet even in battle-dreams, he sends supplies To those he loved so well'. Even as his mind wandered, he was still putting others before himself. That, to me, shows the mark of the man.

    "His mind now began to fail and wander, and he frequently talked as if in command upon the field, giving orders in his old way; then the scene shifted and he was at the mess-table, in conversation with members of his staff; now with his wife and child; now at prayers with his military family. Occasional intervals of return of his mind would appear, and during one of them I offered him some brandy and water, but he declined it saying, 'it will only delay my departure, and do no good; I want to preserve my mind, if possible, to the last...' A few moments before he died he cried out in his delirium, 'Order A.P.Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly! Tell Major Hawks,' then stopped, leaving the sentence unfinished. Presently a smile of ineffable sweetness spread itself over his pale face, and he cried quietly and with an expression as if of relief, 'Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees'; and then, without pain, or the least struggle, his spirit passed from earth to the God who gave it." Dr. Hunter McGuire, Medical Director of Jackson's Corps, from the Southern Historical Society Papers, Richmond, 1886.
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