es, Gen. Earl Van Dorn was promoted to the command of the Mississippi volunteers.
On assuming command he promulgated General Orders No.1, dated March 2, 1861, in which the following appointments and elections were announced to the division: Richard Griffith, brigadier-general, vice Van Dorn appointed major-general; Beverly Mathews, adjutant and inspector-general, vice Griffith appointed brigadier-general; William Barksdale, quartermaster-general; Samuel G. French, chief of ordnance.
The followGriffith appointed brigadier-general; William Barksdale, quartermaster-general; Samuel G. French, chief of ordnance.
The following assistant adjutant-generals were appointed: P. F. Liddell, first; H. H. Miller, second; J. N. Davis, third; John Mc-Quirk, fourth; Melancthon Smith, fifth.
The first call was for four regiments, and the enlistment was very rapid.
After several regiments had been furnished to the Confederate States, the organization of Mississippi volunteers was continued until eighty companies had been formed and ordered into camp at the four brigade places of rendezvous—Iuka, Enterprise, Corinth and Gre