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Beauregard's army, which contains all the cavalry under Gen. B., and the Hampton Legion: It would be superfluous, perhaps, to describe Gen. Van-Dorn to those to whom he is so well known as to the readers of the Delta; yet his youthful contour, made apparently rejuvenescent by his light-brown hair, his clear blue eyes, and his finely cut features, may not be so well known. He is, I believe, forty one years of age, but, were it not for a recent very severe attack of illness, he would not appear to be more than thirty-five. In the old army he had attained the rank of Major, and a celebrity coextensive with the country for his energy and activity culminating in those brilliant victories over the Camanche by which the spirit and the power of those warlike and ferocious savages were broken, and which have written his name in golden characters on the hearts of the Texan people. The reputation he thus acquired induced the Confederate States Government to select him for the delicate and important task of relieving the soil of Texas of the presence of the Federal soldiery. The manner in which he accomplished his mission; the enthusiasm with which the Texan volunteers crowded to his standard; the celerity of his movements, capturing the enemy in detail before they had time for preparation, for concentration, or even for retreat, now constitute one of the most brilliant pages in the history of our new Republic. For these services he was soon appointed a Brigadier General in the Provisional Army, and subsequently, when he arrived in Richmond, was made a Major General, and assigned to a command in the army of the Potomac. In this army he ranks next to Gen. Beauregard. If the enemy should make his threatened attack on our right, with the object of carrying our batteries at Evansport and reopening the navigation of the Potomac, General Van-Dorn's Division will be the first engaged, and will probably have to sustain the brunt of the battle. As soon as he arrived here and assumed command of his division, he made himself thoroughly acquainted with the topography of the country by a series of personal inspections, which he carried through without the slightest regard to roads, winds, or weather. I venture to say, that, if the enemy give him one chance at them, they will be very backward in giving him another.
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