Via Susan Lee
Gen. John J. Pershing (the highest ranking individual in the United
States Armed Forces during World War I) and Maj. George C. Marshall (who
would become the U.S. Army Chief of Staff and a 5-Star General during
World War II) pay their respects at the grave of Lt.Gen. Thomas J.
Both men, while taking part in the
commencement exercises at Virginia Military Institute that year, visited
the graves of Gen. Robert E. Lee & Gen. Jackson, laying wreaths at the respective gravesites.
At the Lee tomb, Gen. Pershing referred to the Confederate
General-in-Chief as one of the world's greatest generals, and said that
he was "a Christian gentleman whose character and life in war and peace
Americans should emulate."
In eulogizing "Stonewall" Jackson,
"Black Jack" Pershing declared that the world looked upon this great
soldier & Christian gentleman and his accomplishments with
admiration and awe, with his military tactics studied throughout the
Accompanying Gen. Pershing & Maj. Marshall to both
gravesites were students of the Virginia Military Institute, U.S.
veterans of the first World War and gray-clad Confederate veterans of
the War Between the States.