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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

November 09, 1999

Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was well-known for his devout faith in God. Consequently, it was no wonder that three of his staff members were the sons of preachers. One of the men, Henry Kyd Douglas, was born in Shepherdstown, but shortly thereafter his family moved across the Potomac to Ferry Hill near Sharpsburg where Douglas grew up. Robert Douglas, Henry's father, was a minister in the German Reformed Church. The other two men whose fathers were ministers were Alexander Swift Pendleton and James Power Smith. Following the war Douglas became a lawyer with offices in Hagerstown and Winchester, Va. Smith, who died in 1923, attended seminary and served a Presbyterian church in Fredericksburg, Va., for more than 20 years. Pendleton, who also wanted to become a minister, was wounded at Fisher's Hill in the Shenandoah Valley and died on Sept. 23, 1864, several days before his 24th birthday and six weeks before the birth of his son.

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- The Maryland Cracker Barrel

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