ll and of Edward Johnson, the latter of whom was seven miles west of Staunton, at West View, with a brigade.
Jackson at once decided upon his plan of campaign, and the very next day began to put it in execution.
This campaign, so( successful and brilliant in its results, and now so renowned, shows in its conception the strong points of Jackson's military genius — his clear, vigorous grasp of the situation — his decision, his energy, his grand audacity.
It recalls the Italian campaign of 1796, when Napoleon astonished, baffled, defeated the armies of Beaulieu, Wurmser and Alvinzy in succession.
Jackson was now with about 6,000 men at the base of the Blue Ridge, some thirty miles northeast of Staunton.
Ewell with an equal force was in the vicinity of Gordonsville, twenty-five miles in his rear, and east of the mountains.
Edward Johnson was seven miles west of Staunton with 3,500 men,--such the Confederate position.
On the other hand, Banks, with the main body of his force of