Gods and Generals

Topics: Stonewall Jackson, First Battle of Bull Run, Robert E. Lee Pages: 2 (844 words) Published: March 8, 2011
The film “Gods and Generals” is about the first year of Civil War. Many people wondered why the film is called “Gods and Generals.” During the film, many times they mentioned the name “God”, or “Lord”; in this paper, I will explain why I think this film is named so by giving examples from this film to support my idea.

First of all, General Thomas Jackson, also called “Stonewall Jackson”, is a Confederate general for the South. Before he takes his leave for the Confederate Army, he says to his wife Anna that they must read the Bible together and pray together. They read the passage Second Corinthians chapter five, verse one, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” After they read this passage, General Jackson prays to God saying that if it is God will to grant their earthly properties, and then let it be so; Jackson’s faith and hope is in the eternal dwelling place of God, and not in the earthly home. The film started out with this to point out that General Jackson is a Godly leader in the Army, and his faith is in God alone.

During the battle, General Jackson will stand firm on the battle-ground no matter how many bullet will pass over his head. He once said, “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death, I do not concern myself with that.” I don’t think many people will put that much faith in God, even for Christ’s follower. His religious belief, which I assume that it is Jesus, has given him peace throughout the entire Civil War. Unfortunately, God did fixed the time for his death on the battlefield by his own people.

On a beautiful summer morning, right before the battle of Manassas Junction, Stonewall Jackson goes near Bull Run Creek to have a prayer with the Almighty God. He said in his prayer, “If it is Your will that we fight this day, then Your will be done.” Also, on this...
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