he President thought it more important that I should be here.
I could not have done as well as has been done, but I could have helped and taken part in a struggle for my home and neighborhood.
So the work is done, I care not by whom it is done.
I leave to-morrow for the army in western Virginia.
As no immediate hostile advance now threatened the Federal or Confederate capitals, other sections began to receive attention.
Northwest Virginia lies between the Alleghany Mountains and the Ohio River.
It is a rough, mountainous district, with only a few passable roads connecting it with the remainder of the State.
The iron horse had never penetrated its soil or watered in its mountain streams.
There was not that touch and feeling of interest that is derived from personal contact between the citizens of northwest Virginia and other portions of the Old Dominion.
On the question of secession the majority of them differed widely from the great mass of Virginians.
It was doubtful terr