But what a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends . . .

Jackson understood the irony between war and beauty, both of which he felt ordained by God in their own way.

“But what a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world.” He continued in his letter to Anna, “I pray that, on this day when only peace and goodwill are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace.”
– Jackson on December 25th, 1862

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