He also leaves us with a good deal to think about. Think of this… Jackson, Grant, Lee, Longstreet, Chamberlain, Lincoln, etc., they each achieved great things in history, but they were imperfect, just like us. Admire, appreciate, respect, but when trying to understand the people, be realistic. If we see nothing more than perfection in historical figures, the myths that arise from this saint-like status do nothing to help us understand. If anything, it impairs our ability to understand. On the other hand, knowing and accepting the “not so good” with the “great” is essential in understanding, and the result of this does not mean that we can no longer admire, appreciate, respect, and even emulate that which was positive in the popular personalities from history.
The Tipsy Historian on Stonewall Jackson