, who had been a distinguished officer in the United States service, to be Garnett's successor.
Loring left Richmond July 22d and proceeded at once to Monterey, in Highland County, and thence to Huntersville, where a force was being organized for the purpose of securing the Cheat Mountain pass, a strategic point of great value ov unaccustomed to the necessities of war, to comprehend and promptly execute the measures required for the occasion.
General Johnson, of Georgia, commands on the Monterey line, General Loring on this line, and General Wise, supported by General Floyd, on the Kanawha line.
The soldiers everywhere are sick.
The measles are prevalorld Almighty God has given us!
How thankless and ungrateful we are!
And from Valley Mountain, August 9, 1861, he writes: I have been three days coming from Monterey to Huntersville.
The mountains are beautiful, fertile to the tops, covered with the richest sward and blue grass and white clover.
The inclosed fields wave wit