ume command in person of that department, for his duties of organizing and assigning troops to the different sections had nearly terminated.
The Secretary of War and the adjutant general, under the direction of the President, were the proper persons to direct army movements now. General Lee proceeded at once to West Virginia, and for the first time assumed active command of the troops in the field.
He went at first to Huntersville, where he found Loring, then to Valley Mountain, where Colonel Gilliam had been stationed.
From the former point he wrote to his wife, August 4, 1861:
I reached here yesterday to visit this portion of the army.
The points from which we can be attacked are numerous, and the enemy's means unlimited, so we must always be on the alert; it is so difficult to get our people, unaccustomed to the necessities of war, to comprehend and promptly execute the measures required for the occasion.
General Johnson, of Georgia, commands on the Monterey line, Gene