In this article we have yet another version of what Barnard Bee said to his men that resulted in the bestowing of the name “Stonewall” on Thomas J. Jackson and his command. If you click on the Stonewall Jackson tag in the list at the bottom of the column on the right of this page (or just click here if you’re lazy), you’ll find other discussions and accounts of the incident.
There seem to be two questions – what did Bee say, and what did Bee mean by what he said? Did he want his men to “determine to die here”, to “rally behind the Virginians”, or to “go to his assistance”? Did he mean that Jackson was holding firm, or that he wasn’t moving forward? What do you all think, and why?