command in and about Washington
, including those on the Maryland
shore of the Potomac
above and below Washington
and the troops with Dix
, on the 15th day of October, the day before our retrograde movement, amounted to 133,201 present for duty, and an aggregate present of 143,647.
The mass of this force was south of the Potomac
, and nearly the whole of it available for an advance.
The whole force under General Johnston
's command did not exceed one-third of McClellan
's, though the latter has estimated our force “on the Potomac
” in the month of October at not less than 150,000.
After the occupation of the line at Centreville
, the infantry of our army at and near that place was organized into four divisions of three brigades each and two corps.
's brigade was attached to Van Dorn
's division, and the command of the other divisions was given to Major Generals G. W. Smith
, and E. Kirby Smith
's and Longstreet
's divisions constituted the first corps under General Beauregard
, and the other two divisions constituted the second corps under the temporary command of Major General G. W. Smith
About the same time, General Jackson
, with the rank of Major General
, was sent to the valley with his old brigade, and the 22nd of October an order was issued from the Adjutant General
's office at Richmond
, establishing the Department of Northern Virginia, composed of the Valley district, the Potomac district, and the Aquia district, under the command of General Johnston
; the districts being assigned to the command of Major General Jafkson
, GeneraMl Beauregard
, and Major General Holmes
, in the order in which they are named.
Colonel Robert E. Rodes
of the 5th Alabama Regiment had been made brigadier general and assigned to the command of Ewell
's brigade, Ewell
being temporarily assigned to a brigade in Longstreet
's division, and subsequently made major general and transferred