Potomac, to go southwestward into the interior of Virginia, at the distance of twenty-five miles, found the Mestly the strategic point for the defence of Northeastern Virginia.
It was at a convenient distance from the P Jackson, in reference to his native region, Northwestern Virginia.
The communications of all the region betweStates of the Northwest than with the remainder of Virginia.
A large portion of the population was, moreover, prevailing there, was rather that of Ohio than of Virginia.
To the military invasions of the enemy it lay coon as he, not content with the occupation of Northwestern Virginia, sought to invade the central parts of the Sand its supplies.
The obvious military policy for Virginia, therefore, was to make no attempt to hold the Norhe enemy, a most important part of central and northern Virginia, the counties of the lower Valley, and of the umerous race — everywhere stanch in its loyalty to Virginia, and wielding the wealth and influence of the dist