y the Federal War Department, an officer of great promise, who, graduating at West Point in 1846, had for his classmates, among others, Burnside and Stonewall Jackson.
He served first in the Engineer Corps, and in 1855 was appointed a captain in the First Cavalry.
His previous military experience had been much the same as Lee's. In 1857 he resigned, to take up railroad work, and when war commenced he was made a major general of Ohio volunteers.
He crossed into northwest Virginia on the 26th of May, he says, of his own volition and without orders.
A portion of his command was under General Cox on the Kanawha.
In McClellan's immediate front was a Confederate force under General Robert S. Garnett, who had been ordered to defend that portion of northwest Virginia.
Garnett was a Virginian, who had graduated at the Military Academy five years before McClellan.
He had won his laurels in the Mexican campaign and afterward against the Indians.
Upon resigning from the United States