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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia, at their reunion on the evening of October 21, 1886. (search)
kson to the command of the Valley district. Under this order, the troops were for the first time formed into divisions. Its last clause indicated an important policy of the government in the organization of the Confederate armies--that is, the brigading of the regiments by States. This policy no doubt added greatly to esprit de corps of the brigades. It was distinctive of the organization of the Confederate army, and was not adopted in the Federal. In a subsequent order (No. 18), 15th November, 1861, that of the 22d October was modified, so as to extend this principle to divisions as well as brigades, but the extension of the principle was not carried out, except in the case of Pickett's division, which afterwards consisted of four Virginia brigades. Records War of Rebellion, Vol. 5, p. 960. When, after the able defence of the Peninsula by General Johnston, and the brilliant and extraordinary campaign of Jackson in the Valley, the armies composing the department of Norther