us Jackson's bold dash had effected the object of General Johnston in leaving him in the Valley, in a way far more thorough than.
either of them could have expected.
The next month was to Jackson one of comparative inaction.
Having slowly retreated to the south bank of the Shenandoah near Mount Jackson, he spent the next few weeks in resting and recruiting his forces.
The militia of the adjoining counties had already been called to the field, but this resource was superseded on the 10th of April by the conscription act.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 co