Jackson's Bridge

One day during the Civil War, General Stonewall Jackson's Confederate troops found their progress blocked by small a river. Jackson ordered his engineers to design and build a bridge, explaining to his wagon master that it was imperative that the wagon train cross the river as soon as possible.

Several men were soon enlisted to gather logs, rocks, fence rails and whatever else might be fashioned into a makeshift bridge...

Shortly before dusk, the wagon master proudly reported that the wagons and artillery had crossed the river. Jackson expressed his appreciation and asked where the engineers might be found. The engineers, the wagon master replied, were still in their tent -- drawing up plans for a bridge.

[The title of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 novel, Across the River and Into the Trees, stemmed from Jackson's last words.]

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