to replace the fine dress uniforms with which they came to camp.
On the 27th of April, Maj. Thomas J. Jackson
, of the Virginia military institute, was appointed colonel of Virginia volunteers and ordered to Harper's Ferry
to take command of the forces there assembled.
At the same time an order was issued decapitating every militia officer in the State
's volunteer service above the rank of captain, the vacancies thus created to be filled by the governor and his council of three. Colonel Jackson
arrived at Harper's Ferry
on the 29th of April and took command on the 30th.
This order, resolving the Virginia
forces into units of organization, created much indignation among the deposed officers, and greatly excited the troops they had commanded.
In the midst of this excitement, Imboden
ordered the Staunton artillery into line and informed them that they were required to muster into service, either for twelve months or the war, at their option, but urged them to go in for the full period, as it would be much to their credit to do so and set a good example to others.
His men shouted unanimously, ‘For the war!’
They were at once mustered in, and their captain had the pleasure of handing to Colonel Jackson
the roll of the first company mustered in ‘for the war,’ for which the colonel expressed his thanks and asked that the same be conveyed to the men. Jackson
then requested Imboden
to muster in the two other artillery companies present, which he did and returned the rolls before sunset.
This action of the artillerists was followed the next day by the other troops; all were mustered in, and the organization into regiments and battalions began.
Soon after this, Letcher
colonel of the Fifth Virginia, Harman
, and Baylor
, major, and thus was organized one of the finest regiments of the famous Stonewall brigade.
The period of Jackson
's command at Harper's Ferry
was marked by few notable incidents.
The colonel commanding, in the simple uniform of a major on duty at the. Virginia military institute, quietly, but firmly and unceasingly, worked to change citizens that had patriotically rushed to arms, most of them young men, many of them mere boys, into disciplined soldiers, nearly all the officers needing this as badly as the privates.
His long experience as a trainer and drill-master of the same kind