Thomas J. Jackson’s Letter of Resignation
HEADQUARTERS VALLEY DISTRICT,
Hon. J.P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of War:
SIR: Your order requiring me to direct General Loring to return with his command to Winchester immediately has been received and promptly complied with.
With such interference in my command I cannot expect to be of much service in the field, and accordingly respectfully request to be ordered to report for duty to the superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, as has been done in the case of other professors. Should this application not be granted, I respectfully request that the President will accept my resignation from the Army.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
T. J. JACKSON,