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sides. One of these repeats Jackson's last words—"Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees"—and another gives Bee's famous sentence at Mannassas. "There stands Jackson like a stonewall." The third inscription is Lee's tribute to the dead commander, and the fourth is the name and date of death. Nearby in the woods is the monument erected to the memory of the dead members of the Collis Zouaves, a stone shaft with a copper tablet containing the names of the heroes.

A mile up the road is the house of a man named Tally, who was Jackson's guide during the flank movement upon Howard. Talley is a well-preserved man, of rotund build, with a white imperial beard. As he stood on the lawn of his home, while the party waited lunch, he pointed out the hill not far away, to the top of which he guided Jackson, so that the latter might look down upon the Union army. Talley was with Jackson at the last conference with Lee, and brought the army around by field and road until it had flanked Howard. In simple language he told the story of the day, "but," he said, "I was not with Jackson when he was shot. I had been sent by him with a message to General Stuart."

"Who was in your house at the time?"

"It was occupied by General Devens as his headquarters. From the hill over there Jackson and I could see the Yankee officers out on this lawn. They did not seem to be aware that we were, in this neighborhood."


"If the officers did not know it," said a Federal officer, "there was not a private soldier in the ranks who did not expect the corps to be smashed. They had heard from many sources that the enemy was marching upon us, but the officers seemed to think that there was no danger. You know they thought that Jackson's army was in retreat. Instead of that it was marching upon us. We were just getting supper at the time, and were not prepared to resist an attack."

"I remember," said Talley, laughing, "Our men snatched up pieces of beef from the frying-pan as they rushed by. The meat was so hot that they could hardly hold it."