“There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer.”
—Brigadier General Barnard Elliott Bee
This quote was spoken at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861 in the American Civil War. General Stonewall Jackson on the Confederate side stood strong and tall among his men, even in the face of incoming fire from the Union troops. Jackson’s bravery encouraged the Confederate troops and led them to victory in the battle. The quote was also what created General Jackson’s ‘Stonewall’ nickname. Ironically, Stonewall Jackson would be killed two years later when he was accidentally shot by his own men (who had mistaken him and his entourage for Union troops).