officers with him, that he immediately forwarded to the Adjutant-General
's Department the names of six infantry colonels whom he had selected for promotion and transfer to the West
, and of the engineers and other staff officers of lower grade, who should accompany him, And, in order to prevent error or unnecessary delay, he sent his Chief of Staff
, Colonel Thomas Jordan
, to Richmond
, to confer directly on the subject with the Secretary of War
On the 2d of February he parted, with much regret, at Manassas
, from the last representatives of that great Army of the Potomac, which, afterwards, under the name of the ‘Army of Northern Virginia,’ achieved, by innumerable victories, undying renown for itself and its revered commander, General Robert E. Lee
's journey from Manassas
to Bowling Green
, the headquarters of General Johnston
, was marked by the most gratifying manifestations of confidence and enthusiasm on the part of the people.
Every railroad station was crowded with men, women, and children, who, anticipating his arrival, had assembled to greet him, and wish Godspeed and continued success to the ‘hero of Sumter
He was detained a day in Nashville
, at the request of the State
authorities, to be presented to the Legislature and receive its welcome.
He reached Bowling Green
on the evening of the 4th, and there met, for the first time, General Albert Sidney Johnston
, who gave him, on arrival in his department, a heartfelt greeting.
The manly appearance, the simple, though dignified, bearing of this noble patriot and soldier, made a deep impression upon General Beauregard
He was drawn towards him by a spontaneous feeling of sympathy, which insured, in the future, complete harmony and effectual co-operation between them.
At General Beauregard
's request, he made a succinct review of the situation in his department, and showed much anxiety when referring to the effects of Zollicoffer
's late disaster at Mill Spring
. General Buell
had advanced his forces, numbering from seventyfive to eighty thousand men, to within forty miles of Bowling Green
, at Bacon Creek
, on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; General Grant
was at Cairo
, with twenty thousand men, pressing an expedition which was to move—General Johnston
thought—either up the Tennessee River
, against Fort Henry