General Samuel Jones, in a letter to the Secretary of War, dated October 14, 1862,
says : ''I telegraphed you on the I2th instant to say that 1 needed the services of a
Brigadier-General to this department (East Tennessee), and that if you thought proper to
order Brigadier-General Mackall, who, I understand, is without a brigade, to report to me,
I should be glad to have him."
J. G. Shorter, Governor of Alabama, in a letter dated May 6, 1863, to the Secretary of
War, says : " I telegraphed you today that the citizens oi Mobile desired the assignment
of Brigadier-General Mackall to the command in that city. ... I need not remind you
of the vital importance of assigning to such a high position oi responsibility an officer of
skill and energy, and whose qualifications will command the respect and confidence of
the citizens of Mobile and the authorities of Alabama."
In General Orders No. 2, dated October 16, 1863, General Bragg says : "At his
request, Brigadier-General W. W. Mackall is relieved from duty as Chief of Staff with the
commanding General of the army. He will proceed with his aides and report to General
J. E. Johnston, now commanding the department from which he was transferred. With a
grateful sense of the distinguished services rendered by this accomplished officer in the high
position he has filled, the commanding General tenders him his cordial thanks and wishes
him all success and happiness in his future career. The General and the army will long
feel the sacrifice made in sparing the services of one so distinguished for capacity, profes-
sional acquirements and urbanity."
General Leonidas Polk, in a letter to General J. E. Johnston, dated January 5, 1864,
says : " I will return you Forney or M. L. Smith or Mackall with the recommendation
of the latter for Major-General."
STONEWALL JACKSON INFIRMARY.—The necessity of a hospital building,
detached from the living rooms at the Home, was early demonstrated. A building,
which in the days of the Arsenal was used as a laboratory, was made available for
this purpose. It is a substantial structure, removed some one hundred yards or
more from the other buildings, and was fitted up for hospital use through the efforts
of Mrs. J. H. Tegmyer, Mrs. R. B. Winder, Mrs. Harvey Jones, Mrs. J. H. Harris,
Mrs. M. B. Brown, Mrs. John Brosius and their associates. The original building
has been very considerably enlarged, and is now fitted up with nine beds, hot and
cold water, bathroom and water closet, and has been found a great comfort. It has
been named after the immortal Jackson, whose military genius was only equaled
by his unshrinking faith and consistent Christian character. With him the watch-
word of life was comprehended in one word. " Duty." Wherever he recognized
this principle his devotion was complete, whether it called him to face the dangers
of battle in his country's service, or whether it led him to humbler, but no less noble
deeds in the service of his God. His submission to the will of his Maker and recog-
nition of Divine Providence in all things, both small and great was as marked as
those great abilities which made him the military hero of the war.