was superseded on the 10th of April by the conscription act. The time for reorganizing the regiments was near at hand.
New officers were to be elected.
The ranks were filling up under the impetus given to volunteering by the conscription bill.
The weather during the first half of April was very raw and cold, and during the whole month was exceedingly rainy.
All these causes rendered quiet very acceptable to the Confederates.
Nor was the enemy in haste to disturb them.
Banks was on April 4th placed in independent command of the Department of the Shenandoah, and McDowell of the country between the Blue Ridge and the Rappahannock, while Fremont was in command from the Alleghanies westward.
These were all made independent of McClellan and of each other.
General Banks followed Jackson but slowly.
He reached Woodstock on April 1st, and having pushed back Ashby's cavalry to Edinburg, five miles beyond, he attempted no further serious advance until the 17th.
He then moved forward