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ers, and remarked, This indicates a simultaneous movement along the whole line. He at once ordered Colonel Brown to take 100 mounted men, before daylight the next morning, and proceed down the Big Barren River to Bowling Green--about fifty miles by the meanders of the river — examine every ford upon the river, and report to him that night at Bowling Green. Colonel Brown said that he would prefer not to have more than half a dozen men; to which General Johnston replied, Well, as my friend Captain Jack--Hays used to say, on the plains of Texas, when about leaving camp of a morning, looking at his revolvers- Perhaps I will not need you to-day; but, if I do, I will need you damned badly --so with you and the cavalry, Colonel Brown; you may not need them at all; but, if you do, you will need them quick and very badly ; so you had better take them along with you. Colonel Brown accepted the escort, examined the fords, and reported promptly at Bowling Green that night, whither General Johnst
firmness. attacks in Congress. General Johnston's serenity. steadfast friends. moral power and confidence of final success. Floyd and Pillow again. correspondence between President Davis and General Johnston. success the test of merit. Colonel Jack's account of President Davis and General Lee. concentration completed. It has been seen that, in the conference of February 7th, with Beauregard, the plan adopted was substantially a division of the command, by which General Johnston shoulute, detail requiring my attention for its accomplishment, I cannot say when it will be forwarded to the Secretary of War to be handed to him, if he think proper to do so. This letter was begun on March 17th, and finished March 20th. Colonel T. M. Jack, in a letter addressed to the present writer in 1877, gives a graphic account of the circumstances under which President Davis received this letter: Just before the battle of Shiloh your father sent me to Richmond, as bearer of dispat
f organization and armament was unavoidable and imperious. The attack was ordered within two hours after Buell's advance was reported. This work of reorganization and armament first engaged General Johnston's attention. His personal staff was now constituted as follows: Colonel H. P. Brewster, assistant adjutant-general. Captain N. Wickliffe, assistant adjutant-general. Captain Theodore O'Hara, assistant inspector-general. Lieutenant George W. Baylor, aide-de-camp. Lieutenant Thomas M. Jack, aide-de-camp. Major Albert J. Smith, assistant quartermaster-general. Captain Wickham, assistant quartermaster-general. Colonel William Preston, volunteer aide-de-camp. Major D. M. Hayden, volunteer aide-de-camp. Major Edward W. Munford, volunteer aide-de-camp. Major Calhoun Benham, volunteer aide-de-camp. For the important work of reorganization before him, General Johnston called to his aid General Bragg, who had special qualifications for the task. At Genera
n to battle than the mere general of an army. Everywhere he beheld men bound to him by ties of ancient friendship or of service on other fields. There was Polk, his life-long friend; Hardee, for the last six years his major, for the last six months his right arm in war; Breckinridge, bound to him by many ties and marked out by him for the highest military distinctions; and Gilmer, his trusted engineer. Around him was a staff who followed him with filial reverence-Preston, Brewster, O'Hara, Jack, and others. Among the younger soldiers were many who had been his pupils in war-Hardcastle, Bowen, Rich, and many more. From the walks of civil life had come to the front a number of ardent and generous young men, without experience, but strong in native character and talent: the dashing Duke, the wily Morgan, Colonel R. A. Johnson, Colonel Ben Anderson, all sons of his early friends; Gibson, his connection, brave, faithful, and accomplished, and many more allied by blood or marriage; and
ate staff of the lamented commander-in-chief, who accompanied him to the field, rendered efficient service, and, either by his side, or in carrying his orders, shared his exposures to the casualties of a well-contested battle-field. I beg to commend their names to the notice of the War Department, namely: of Captains H. P. Brewster and N. Wickliffe, of the Adjutant and Inspector- General's Department. Captain Theodore O'Hara, acting inspector-general. Lieutenants George Baylor and Thomas M. Jack, aides-de-camp. Volunteer Aides-de-Camp Colonel William Preston, Major D. M. Hayden, E. W. Munford, and Calhoun Benham. Major Albert J. Smith and Captain Wickham, Quartermaster's Department. To these gentlemen was assigned the last sad duty of accompanying the remains of their lamented chief from the field, except Captains Brewster and Wickliffe, who remained, and rendered valuable services as staff officers on the 7th of April. Governor Isham G. Harris, of Tennessee, wen
adquarters of the night before, and left it in charge of Captain Wickham and Major John W. Throckmorton. He then reported, with Majors Benham and Hayden, and Lieutenant Jack, to General Beauregard, who courteously offered them places on his staff, which were accepted, for that battle. After consultation with General Beauregard, auld be, and that no attack was apprehended, the staff determined to accompany General Johnston's remains to New Orleans. Preston, Munford, O'Hara, Benham, Hayden, Jack, and Wickliffe, composed this escort. There was no cannonade, and no idea of a general engagement, when they left headquarters at 6 A. M. on Monday morning. But ariving in New Orleans, General Johnston's body was escorted to the City Hall by the Governor and staff, General Lovell and staff, and many prominent citizens. Colonel Jack, in a letter describing the scene, says : The streets were thronged with citizens, and, as the procession moved slowly along, I saw tears silently flowin
victory upon the battle-field. It is a mistake to suppose that the censure of ignorant men about his recent maneuvers drove him to a rash exposure of person. In this battle he was elated from the very beginning; he knew that victory was certain, and his countenance gleamed with the enthusiasm of a great man who was conscious that he was achieving a great success, that was carrying his name down to the latest syllable of recorded time. His aide-de-camp, Lieutenant (afterward Colonel) T. M. Jack, writing to Judge Ballinger, from New Orleans, soon after the battle, thus closes an account of General Johnston's death: How much of manliness, and virtue, and patriotism, and heroism, and high resolve, were cut down by that random ball! There was no rashness or desperation in his conduct. He regretted certain censures against him, but they did not actuate his motives, or affect his plans. He was sustained by the President. He had the approval of his military brethren. He lo