for their men. The volunteers, recruited in all parts of the State
, began to arrive at the capital.
The arsenal grounds were one large encampment.
Many companies assembled for organization with their fowling pieces, deer guns and squirrel rifles.
The one great drawback to the equipment of an army was the want of efficient arms, and yet, of the 60,000 electors in the State
, 25,000 were enrolled the first year and transported to the fields of battle.
The provisional government, which had been organized at Montgomery
, adjourned to assemble at Richmond, Va.
, July 20, 1861. President Davis
proceeded to the Virginia
capital at once, and placed himself at the head of the executive department.
ratified the ordinance of secession in April, and Gen. R. E. Lee
was placed in command of the Virginia
His available strength was divided into three armies, to oppose the movements which threatened Virginia
from beyond the Potomac
At Sewell's Point
, in May, Federal steamers kept up an unsuccessful attack upon the Confederate battery for two days. In June, near Bethel church, a detached work, defended by North Carolina
troops, was attacked by Federals, who were repulsed.
, the Zouave
colonel, was killed at Alexandria, Va.
, by Jackson
was already making his movement into the upper portion of Virginia
These events were of absorbing interest, as marking the commencement of hostilities in the East
But others happened nearer home, demanding the immediate attention of the military in Arkansas
. Gen. Sterling Price
, who had been the president of the Missouri convention, which did not contain one secessionist, had entered into an agreement with General Harney
, of the United States army, commanding the department of the West, by which Missouri
was to be included in a certain geographical division of his military department which General Harney
engaged should be exempt from invasion.
had been successively representative of Missouri