Of God and Generals
(This is from a brochure I got while in Gettysburg in mid-November, 2007)
Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson constantly gave praise to the Almighty in both victory and defeat. These great men knew that the most important thing in life was a personal relationship with a Loving Savior. (Emphasis is mine!)
Gen. Robert E. Lee was known to use this prayer when asking grace over the daily meal:
"Lord, send us anywhere, only accompany us. Place any burden upon us, only sustain us. Sever any ties except that which bind us to Thy heart. Bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies, and our souls to the service of Christ."
Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson from his headquarters near Hamilton's crossing VA. made this quote shortly before his death:
"Nothing earthly can mar my happiness. I know that heaven is in store for me and I should rejoice at the prospect of going there tomorrow. Understand me; I am not sick, I am not sad; God has blessed me; I have as much to love here as any man, and life is bright to me. But still I am ready to leave it any day . . . for that heaven that I know awaits me."
An occasion in February 1864 best illustrates the faith of General Lee. The Rev. J. W. Jones and Rev. B. T. Lacy were visiting with Lee one evening at his headquarters on the Rapidan. After the meeting they were about to leave Lee's tent when Mr. Lacy said, "I think it right that I say to you, General, that the chaplains of the army have a deep interest in your welfare and the most fervent prayers are offered on your behalf." The old hero's face flushed with tears and he replied with deep emotion; "Thank them for that, sir, I warmly appreciate it. And I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation, and need all of the prayers they can offer me."
The following was penned by a Confederate soldier from Georgia while encamped near Fredericksburg, Va.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for help that I might do greater things
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for
but everything I had hoped for.
Despite myself, my prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, must richly blessed!