on, and being unwilling to attack superior numbers in a town so defensible as Martinsburg
, with its numerous stone and brick buildings, he ordered his troops back to Winchester
, much to their disappointment, as they were all eager to fight.
's effective force at that time was not quite 9,000 men of all arms.
In a letter to General Cooper
, from Darkesville
, July 4, 1861, transmitting the reports of Colonel Jackson
and Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart
, General Johnston
wrote: ‘Each of these two officers has, since the commencement of hostilities, been exercising the command corresponding to the next grade above the commission he holds, and proved himself fully competent to such command.
I therefore respectfully recommend that Colonel Jackson
be promoted without delay to the grade of brigadiergen-eral, and Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart
to that of colonel.’
Capt. W. N. Pendleton
wrote, concerning the affair at Falling Waters
, that the enemy praised the Confederate artillery firing.
says his orders for aiming the gun were: ‘Steady, now; aim at the horses' knees,’ which he considered the first important lesson for making efficient artillerists.
's exploit at Falling Waters
, which introduced this young Scotch-Irish Virginia
cavalryman as a wily strategist and bold fighter, furnishes a good opportunity for telling how he got into the Virginia army and more about this exploit, as told by his biographer, Maj. H. B. McClellan
In March, 1861, Lieut. J. E. B. Stuart
obtained a two months leave of absence from his regiment, the First United States cavalry, then at Fort Lyon, Kan.
, a portion of which he spent with his family in St. Louis
After three weeks of anxious waiting on Virginia
's action, he returned to Fort Riley
, where he learned that Virginia
had adopted an ordinance of secession.
As his leave had not yet expired, he promptly removed his family to St. Louis
, and himself took steamboat for Memphis
, forwarding from Cairo
, to the United States war department, his resignation as an officer in the United States army, at about the same time that he received notice that he had been promoted to a captaincy in his regiment.
He reached Wytheville, Va.
, the nearest railway station to his old home in Patrick county
, on the 7th of May, the very day his resignation was accepted by the United