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General Jackson: A Testimony That Pleased God
Abraham Fulkerson, a childhood friend of Stonewall Jackson, wrote his wife to express sorrow at the death of the great leader. From this letter we can see that a Christian ...

General Jackson: A Testimony That Pleased God

Abraham Fulkerson, a childhood friend of Stonewall Jackson, wrote his wife to express sorrow at the death of the great leader. From this letter we can see that a Christian may have a more powerful testimony after death than he had in life.

Abram Fulkerson to his wife, Selina

1863 May 18

The intelligence of the death of Gen. Jackson came upon us like a shock. We feel that his death is a national calamity. The poorest soldiers among us appreciated his worth—loved the man, and mourn his loss. I knew him well. He was my preceptor for more than four years and whilst during that time I did not appreciate the man, as school [mates] are not like to do, yet I always had great reverence for the man on account of his piety & uprightness of character. Among the many heroes of this revolution, none have lived so much adored, none have died so much deplored, and none have left a character as spotless as that of Stonewall Jackson. Could his life have been spared till the close of this cruel war, the unanimous voice of a grateful people would have proclaimed him chief ruler of the nation? But God has seen proper to take him from us, and what He does is right and for the best. It is [illegible] therefore that we make the sacrifice cheerfully, th’o we cannot see why our country should be deprived of his services at her hour of greatest need.

The greatest epitaph that could ever be placed on a Christian’s tombstone is one that reads, HE PLEASED GOD.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

Hebrews 11:5


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