The forces thus assembled were, the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth, Thirteenth, and Twenty-seventh Virginia, Second and Eleventh Mississippi and Fourth Alabama regiments of infantry, and a Maryland and a Kentucky battalion; four companies of artillery (Virginia
), with four guns each, but without caissons, horses, or harness; and the First Regiment of Virginia Cavalry--of about two hundred and fifty men, including Captain Turner Ashby
's company, temporarily attached to it by Colonel Jackson
--in all, about five thousand two hundred effective men. Among the superior officers were several who subsequently rose to high distinction : “Stonewall
; A. P. Hill
, who won the grade of lieutenant-general; Stuart
, matchless as commander of outposts; and Pendleton
, General Lee
's commander of artillery.
These troops were undisciplined, of course.
They were also badly armed and equipped-several regiments being without accoutrements-and were almost destitute of ammunition, and, like all new troops assembled in large bodies, they were suffering very much from sickness; nearly forty per cent.1
of the “total” being in the hospitals there or elsewhere, from the effects of measles and mumps.
's command in Virginia
, as major-general in the State
service, was continued until Richmond
became the Confederate
seat of government.
The law converting the Confederate brigadier-generals
into generals, approved May 16th, had not been published to the army in orders, by the War Department, but was known to be in existence, for it had appeared in the newspapers.