One of the bravest, shrewdest and most daring men ever put on outpost duty, he was lacking in the disciplinary qualities which Stuart
, as a trained soldier, had in such an eminent degree.
felt so aggrieved by this action that he determined to resign his captaincy, but was persuaded by Imboden
to pay Jackson
a visit and discuss the situation, the result of which was that the companies present were divided into two regiments, one under command of Col. Angus W. McDonald
, with Ashby
as lieutenant-colonel, who soon became its colonel, and the other under Stuart
When on the 17th of April Virginia
passed in convention its ordinance of secession, Brig.-Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
was stationed at Washington
as quartermaster-general of the United States army.
This action of Virginia
was not known in Washington
until Saturday, the 19th, when he at once wrote his resignation.
On Monday morning he offered it to the secretary of war
, who accepted it. That done, he left Washington
on Tuesday, with his family, for Richmond
, but in consequence of railway accidents did not reach there until Thursday the 25th, when Governor Letcher
at once gave him the appointment of major-general of Virginia volunteers, and Maj.-Gen. R. E. Lee
, who had been appointed commander-in-chief of the Virginia
forces on the 22d, assigned to him the duty of organizing and instructing the volunteers who were then arriving in Richmond
had already selected the points to be occupied for the defense of the State
and the number of troops to be assigned to each.
These points were: Norfolk
, in front of Yorktown
; the front of Fredericksburg
; Manassas Junction
, Harper's Ferry
was assisted in the duties assigned him at Richmond
by Lieutenant-Colonel Pemberton
, Majors Jackson
, and Capt. T. L. Preston
, who had all recently reported for duty.
was employed in this way some two weeks, when, Virginia
having joined the Southern Confederacy, President Davis
offered him, by telegraph, a brigadier-generalship in the Confederate army, which he promptly accepted, and on reporting to the war department at Montgomery
was assigned by President Davis
to the command at Harper's Ferry
He reached that place Friday, May 23d, accompanied by his staff, Col. E. Kirby Smith
, assistant adjutant-general