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General Thomas J. Jackson. 305

"When Mr. Davis first entered the room I recognized him and told General Jackson who he was. General Jackson believed that during the campaign through Bath and Romney with General Loring President Davis had treated him badly. Indeed, the treat- ment that General Jackson received from Mr. Davis on that occa- sion made him resign his commmission, and this resignation was only prevented from going into effect by very strenuous efforts on the part of Governor Letcher. There were other things which made Jackson think that Mr. Davis had treated him unfairly. He had made some men whom Jackson ranked outrank him as lieuten- ant-general, and there were many other circumstances which caused Jackson to feel rather resentful towards Mr. Davis, so when I told him who the visitor was he stood bolt upright like a corporal on guard looking at Mr. Davis. Not a muscle in his body moved. General Lee, seeing that Mr. Davis didn't know General Jackson, said: 'Why, President, don't you know Stonewall Jackson? This is our Stonewall Jackson.' Mr. Davis started to greet him, evi- dently as warmly as those he had just left, but the appearance of Jackson stopped him, and when he got. about a yard Mr. Davis halted and Jackson immediately brought his hand up to the side of his head in military salute. Mr. Davis bowed and went back to the other company in the room.

" The next time he had any communication with Mr. Davis was when he was dying, It was about midday on Sunday when I re- ceived a telegram from President Davis asking me to tell him how General Jackson was and sending some exceedingly kind and cour- teous messages to him. I sat down on the bed and read him this telegram. J. Randolph Tucker, who was helping to nurse the Gen- eral, was in the room at the time. There was a silence for a few seconds afterwards, and then he turned to me and said : ' Tell Mr. Davis I thank him he is very kind.'

" Dr. Jones, in some of his admirable papers, states that Jackson, when he left our army at Frederick's Hall, on the way then to join Lee and begin the campaign against McClellan, saw Mr. Davis as he passed through Richmond. I had frequent talks with Jackson about the long ride which he took with only one courier from Frederick's Hall to some point near Mechanicsville, and I am very sure he did not meet with Mr. Davis on that trip.


" I have been induced to begin the writing of my personal recol-