Major-General G. W, Smith.
--The President has confirmed the important commission of Major-General
upon Major G. W. Smith
, late Superintendent
of Streets for the city of New York
. General Smith
is a native of Kentucky
; and was one of the distinguished class of cadets that graduate at West Point
He graduated at the head of his class, and beat McClellan
for the highest honors of the institution.
He went into the Corps
of the army, and in that capacity served through the Mexican
war, winning a higher reputation in army circles than any other officer of his grade in the service, and was brevetted a Major.
By the universal attestation of all the old army, he is a man of extraordinary abilities.
goes up to Manassas
this morning, and will take command of the army heretofore commanded by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
, Gen. Beauregard
retaining command of his own. Gen. Johnston
will assume general command of the two columns.
It may be safely said that these three Generals
present an array of talent and skill not to be equalled on the continent.