the skillful and gallant resistance he had been making to the advance of the overwhelming force of the enemy.
The situation at this time was anything but encouraging.
The Confederates after the battle of Manassas, had been beguiled into the idea that the war was virtually over — that foreign powers would certainly recognize the the Confederacy, and that it was scarcely necessary to make much preparation for another campaign.
I remember meeting, the day after the brilliant affair, near Leesburg （Ball's Bluff), an officer of high rank, who had just returned from Richmond, and who said to me: We shall have no more fighting.
It is not our policy to advance on the enemy now; they will hardly advance on us, and before spring England and France will recognize the Confederacy, and that will end the war.
The time of the enlistment of nearly the whole of the Virginia army expired in the early spring of 1862, and nearly all of the infantry were planning to jine the cavalry, or to become a