the people among whom he was born, with whom he was educated, whose prejudices and opinions he entertained, and whose fate and fortunes he wished to share.
A major-general elected, the convention then elected in their order, Earl Van Dorn, Charles Clark, James L. Alcorn and C. H. Mott as brigadier-generals.
Mr. Davis having been elected to the presidency of the Confederate States, Gen. Earl Van Dorn was promoted to the command of the Mississippi volunteers.
On assuming command he promulgateighty companies had been formed and ordered into camp at the four brigade places of rendezvous—Iuka, Enterprise, Corinth and Grenada.
On May 21, 1861, the following companies were ordered to proceed forthwith to Corinth and report to Maj.-Gen. Charles Clark, commanding:
Choctaw Guards, Capt. J. W. Hemphill.
Long Creek Rifles, Capt. L. S. Terry.
Shubuta Rifles, Capt. R. J. Lawrence.
Cherry Creek Rifles, Capt. John B. Herring.
McClung Rifles, Capt. Edgar Sykes.