--The Virginia Convention, to its honor be it said, did not hesitate an instant in tendering the supreme command of their land and naval forces to this eminent Virginian.
Conscientious and honorable as he is brave and experienced, he did not hesitate to accept the post of honor and of danger.
If our military, when brought into the field under his guidance, do not win the victory, then we shall conclude that right and justice is thenceforth powerless against the oppressor.
Of him it was said before his appointment, and of him it may well be said, no man is his superior in all that constitutes the soldier and the gentleman — no man more worthy to head our forces and lead our army.
There is no one who would command more of the confidence of the people of Virginia
than this distinguished officer, and no one under whom the volunteers and militia would more gladly rally.
His reputation, his acknowledge ability, his chivalric character, his probity, honor, and --may we add to his eternal praise — his Christian life and conduct, make his very name a "tower of strength." It is a name surrounded by revolutionary and patriotic associations and reminiscences.