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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)
Riflemen. Total 918. The Powhatan troop under Captain Lay has been ordered back here and will arrive to-day. These Virginia troops with the South Carolina brigade, which Joined them a week after, constituted the nucleus of the Army of Northern Virginia. There was considerable confusion at this time as to the rank of officers. The Convention of Virginia, just before the termination of its session, reduced the number of the higher grades in the service of Virginia, by which action General Gwyn, General Johnston, General Ruggles and General Cocke, were reduced one degree. This necessitated a change in some of the commands, and on the 21st May, General Bonham, who had been appointed a Brigadier General in the Confederate army, was assigned to the command of the troops on the Alexandria line, and was directed to post his brigade of South Carolina volunteers at the Manassas Junction, and to establish his headquarters at that point, or in advance as he might find necessary. Colone