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n order to induce re-enlistment, furloughs were freely granted.
The Confederate force was in this way reduced to about four thousand men, exclusive of militia.
With the 1st of March opened the great campaign of 1862 in Virginia, in which Jackson was to bear so prominent a part.
In other sections of the Confederacy fortune favored the Federal cause, and the Union armies were on the full tide of success.
On the 8th of February Roanoke Island fell, on the 16th Fort Donelson, on the 26th Nashville, and on the 27th the evacuation of Columbus, Kentucky, was begun.
These successes made the Federal Administration impatient to push forward operations in Virginia.
At the urgent representation of General McClellan, President Lincoln had yielded his favorite plan of campaign — an advance against the Confederate lines at Manassas — and had reluctantly consented to the transfer of the Army of the Potomac to Fortress Monroe, and its advance thence on Richmond.
Before he would allow McClel