Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson
Jackson was outraged. His entire body shook in anger as he looked around
him at what had been done to the city of Fredericksburg. He saw the
pianos and the works of art and the crystal chandeliers smashed and
ruined on the streets. He saw elegant furniture that had been wantonly
vandalized and the remains of elegant, leather-bound books that had
been burned for kindling. But it was the churches – the churches
– that infuriated him most. Houses of God were pocked with bullet holes
and charred by cannon shot. This was a crime against God – a despicable
blasphemy – and it very nearly made him weep.
McGuire, who was seldom far from Jackson’s side, shook his head in revulsion.
“What can we do about this kind of barbaric behavior?”
voice trembled. “Kill ‘em,” he said. “Kill ‘em all.”
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