h this severest ordeal without serious damage.
There were, of course, some good officers who were thrown out, and some indifferent ones elected; but on the whole the army was about as well officered as before.
In my own regiment the Colonel (J. A. Walker — A. P. Hill had been recently promoted), stated in my presence soon after the election, that if he had had the appointment of company officers, he would have appointed just the ones whom the men had elected.
Stonewall Jackson had been sentn in the old army, who had been called by Beauregard at First Manassas, the Blucher of the day, who became also a Major-General, and who was recognized as an accomplished and gallant soldier.
Besides there were then serving in the division, J. A. Walker, J. E. B. Terrill, Geo. H. Steuart, B. T. Johnson, Hays, York, J. M. Jones, Posey, Canty and others, who afterwards won the wreath and stars.
While watching Banks, and awaiting Jackson's movements, we luxuriated in the green fields, the bea