Quote of the Day May 8 2012

The West Woods from Hauser’s Ridge

“It was so dark & dismal in that fearful woods which I was rapidly traveling with messages from Jackson that at times I could not tell thunder from artillery & was semi-bewildered as to the locality of our cannon; an experience I have never forgotten.” Henry Kyd Douglas describing the night before the battle as he carried messages and helped place artillery.  Marginal annotation made in Henderson, 2:228, Douglas Library. From Stonewall Jackson The Man, The Soldier, The Legend by James I. Robertson.  New York:  Macmillan Publishing Co, 1997 page 611.

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