6-Week Series: Against All Odds

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In the spring of 1851, he accepted a newly created teaching position at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), in Lexington, Virginia. He became Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Instructor of Artillery. Despite the high quality of his work, he was not popular as a teacher. His memorized lectures and were recited to the class; any students who came to ask for help were only given the same explanation as before. And if students came to ask again, he viewed this as insubordination and likewise punished them.

The students mocked his apparently stern, religious nature and his eccentric traits. In 1856, a group of alumni attempted to have him removed from his position. Who was he? The Sword of the confederate Army, the right hand of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson.

Military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the Union Army right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership. He excelled as well at the First Battle of Bull Run (where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"), Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.

He led under the belief that God had ordained him for this task.

We have begun our look at another military leader. Gideon has been called, he has responded with obedience. The people remain enslaved. Now is the time of deliverance, this is Gideon’s time!

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