abate his self-reliance, nor diminish his clear-sightedness.
The discontent among his troops left at Romney resulted on the 31st of January in an order from the Secretary of War, sent without consultation, to withdraw Loring from that place.
Jackson obeyed the order, and at once resigned, on the ground that such interference by the Department at Richmond, with the details of military affairs in the field, could only lead to disaster.
After explanations, and upon the urgent request of Governor Letcher and General J. E. Johnston,
See Johnston's Narrative, page 88; Dabney's Life, page 278, &c. he withdrew the resignation.
Subsequently, there was no desire on anybody's part to interfere with him.
For the next month Jackson remained quietly at Winchester.
General Loring and all his troops that were not Virginian were ordered elsewhere; and in order to induce re-enlistment, furloughs were freely granted.
The Confederate force was in this way reduced to about four thousand men, ex