8th Virginia Infantry Letter on the Death of Stonewall Jackson! – Lt. Col. Charles B. Tebbs Writes from Richmond, May 11th, 1863 – “HE IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS HERE, AND MAYBE GOD TOOK HIM BECAUSE WE WERE DEPENDING MORE UPON A SOLDIER AND OUR GENERALS FOR VICTORY THAN UPON GOD.”
This 2 page letter in nice dark ink was written by Lt. Col. Charles B. Tebbs. Prior to the war he was Captain of the Loudoun Guard and when the war started enlisted April 27th at Leesburg, Va. becoming Captain of Company C and then Lt. Col. Of the 8th regiment Virginia Infantry.
The letter is headed, “Richmond City May 11th, 1863” and Tebbs is writing to his young son, Richard, in Leesburg. The first part of the letter concerns the education of his son. Starting with the 2nd paragraph we read:
• “I reckon you have heard of the great victory Genl. Lee gained over Genl. Hooker.”
• “The Yankee papers admit that they were badly whipped. I thank God for it, and hope and pray that it will satisfy the Yankees that they can’t conquer us, and that they will be in favor of peace.”
• “YOU WILL HAVE HEARD BEFORE THIS REACHES YOU OF THE DEATH OF THAT GREAT AND GOOD MAN GENL. JACKSON.”
• “His corpse was brought to Richmond today.”
• “HE IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS HERE, AND MAYBE GOD TOOK HIM BECAUSE WE WERE DEPENDING MORE UPON A SOLDIER AND OUR GENERALS FOR VICTORY THAN UPON GOD.”
• “We must not be discouraged. God will still be with us, and as He was with the children of Israel after the death of Moses, so He will be with us, if we only serve Him and obey Him. Your devoted Father, Charles Tebbs.”
Great insight from a father counseling his son. His statement is one that we have not heard… and should be repeated.
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