Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Did Lincoln’s Day of Fasting Cause Stonewall Jackson’s Death?

That is the clear implication of this sickening post by Mr William Federer at his American Minute web site.  Here is the crux of it:

During the Civil War, on March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer:

"Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and of nations,

has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation;  . . .

I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30TH DAY OF APRIL, 1863, as a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.

And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

 . . .

Lincoln's National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer was observed APRIL 30, 1863.

Two days later, a freak accident occurred which altered the course of the war.

One of the South's best generals was accidentally shot by his own men.

 . . .

The day after Lincoln's Day of Fasting was observed, April 30, 1863, the Battle of Chancellorville began, May 1, 1863.

Outnumbered two to one, Stonewall Jackson's 60,892 Confederate troops successfully attacked the flank of 133,868 Union troops.

The Union suffered a devastating 17,197 casualties to the Confederate 13,303.

At the end of the day, May 2, 1863, Jackson surveyed the field and returned to camp at twilight.

Suddenly, one of his own men shouted, "Halt, who goes there," and without waiting for a reply, a volley of shots were fired.

Two bullets hit General Jackson's left arm and one hit his right hand.

 . . .

Many Civil War historians speculate what would have happened if Stonewall Jackson had not been shot.

He most certainly would have been at the Battle of Gettysburg two months later, which conceivable would have resulted in a Confederate victory, changing the entire outcome of the war.

Jackson's death was difficult to reconcile, as he was exemplary in faith and virtue.

 . . .

But not to worry, Mr Federer has solved the riddle of Gen Jackson’s death -- It was better in God’s eyes that Gen Jackson be killed and the North be victorious so that the States and all the world would know the blessings of the re-born, Lincolnian American Nation:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, September 17, 1937:

"I came into the world 17 years after the close of the war between the states ...

Today ... there are still many among us who can remember it ... It serves us little to discuss again the rights and the wrongs of the long 4-years' war ...

We can but wish that the war had never been.

We can and we do revere the memory of the brave men who fought on both sides ...

But we know today that it was best ... for the generations of Americans who have come after them, that the conflict did not end in a division of our land into two nations.

I like to think that it was the will of God that we remain one people."

At the Confederate Memorial in Arlington Cemetery, President Coolidge said, May 25, 1924:

"It was Lincoln who pointed out that both sides prayed to the same God.

When that is the case, it is only a matter of time when each will seek a common end.

We can now see clearly what that end is.

It is the maintenance of our American ideals, beneath a common flag, under the blessings of Almighty God."


Who knows?  Maybe the howls and screeches of Pres Lincoln and the rapacious hordes at the North offered to their blood-smeared Moloch did stir the demons to attack Gen Jackson and cause his downfall.  However that may be, what we can say with certainty is that Mr Federer’s essay is both sorrowful and quite alarming for the South, for it appears that adherents to the religion of Americanism still take much delight in the shedding of Southern blood.


Since today is Appomattox Day, let us say with all our soul and with all our might, ‘Lord, have mercy on the South!’, praying that he will deliver us from captivity (both spiritual and physical) at the right time.  May God also bless the Yankees and grant them salvation in the Orthodox Church as well, so that the two, North and South, may be truly reconciled with one another.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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