new commanders, and his excellent chance to win a great success was lost.
He recalled his attack just at the critical moment when it gave every promise of developing a panic among the enemy.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
at this time had organized his army into four divisions, two of four brigades each, commanded by Van Dorn
and G. W. Smith
; and two of five each, under Longstreet
and E. Kirby Smith
These 18 brigades averaged about four regiments, and the regiments averaged about 500 men each.
Besides these there were other troops under Jackson
in the valley and under Holmes
The total effective strength on February 28, 1862, was 47,617, with about 175 guns.
Early in March the Federal
army was organized into five army corps under McDowell
, and Banks
Each corps was generally composed of three divisions, each division of three brigades, and each brigade of four regiments.
The regiments were generally fuller than ours, and would average about 700 men. The total effective strength of all arms on February 28, 1862, was 185,420, with 465 field guns, of which 100 were massed in a reserve under the Chief of Artillery
During the winter the Federal
engineers had completely surrounded Washington
with a cordon of fortifications consisting of detached forts impregnable to assault, with heavy guns and permanent garrisons connected by infantry parapets, and batteries for field guns.
Within these lines a small movable force could defy any adversary not able to sit down and resort to siege operations.
This was amply shown when Lee
, in August, 1862, drove Pope
, and also in July, 1864, when Early
made his demonstration, but withdrew without venturing to attack.
The Federal government, however, had received such a scare in the Bull Run
campaign that it had small confidence in fortifications without a big army to hold them.
So when McClellan
proposed to make his next advance upon Richmond
, from Fortress Monroe
as a base, Mr. Lincoln
gave but reluctant consent, as it involved the removal of a large body of troops from their position between the enemy and the capital.
At length he agreed that about 73,000 would be enough to keep for the