and efficient part in securing to Texas, where he was serving, all of the war material within her borders.
Early in the war he was ordered to join the army under General Joe Johnston at Manassas; whence soon after, in February, 1861, he was ordered to take command of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
I was associated with him in this command as chief of his staff, and saw him daily for many months.
He had conceived the bold project of capturing St. Louis and transferring the war into Illinois, and was actively engaged in preparing for this enterprise when he was summoned by General Price to Boston Mountain, where the forces of Price and McCulloch lay in great need of a common superior — for these two generals could not co-operate because of questions of rank.
Therefore, Van Dorn promptly responded to Price's summons, and in a few hours was in the saddle and on his way to Van Buren.
I went with him, and one aide-de-camp, an orderly, and my servant man Jem made up our party.