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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 5 (search)
ed reconnaissances were made under General D. H. Hill's direction — on the Charles City road by Brigadier-General Rhodes, and on the Williamsburg road by Brigadier-General Garland. No enemy was found by General Rhodes; but General Garland encountered Federal outposts more than two miles west of Seven Pines, in such strength as inGeneral Garland encountered Federal outposts more than two miles west of Seven Pines, in such strength as indicated the presence of a corps at least. This fact was reported to me by General Hill soon after noon. He was informed, in reply, that he would lead an attack upon this enemy next morning. An hour or two later, orders were given for the concentration of twenty-three of our twenty-seven brigades against McClellan's left wing--d courage, fought as soldiers usually do under good leaders, and time and vigorous efforts were required to drive them from their position. But the resolution of Garland's and George B. Anderson's brigades, that pressed forward on the left through an open field, under a destructive fire; the admirable service of Carter's and Bondu
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
l give us men who cannot be armed, unless a part at least of the arms referred to can be returned. Permit me again to remind the War Department that a division and five brigades are without their proper generals. The great number of colonels and other field-officers who are absent sick, makes the want of general officers the more felt. Several of the colonels of this army are well qualified to be brigadier-generals. Besides Colonels A. P. Hill and Forney, Colonels Hampton, Winder, Garland, and Mott, are fully competent to command brigades. Most respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General. Headquarter Department of Northern Virginia, January 30, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General. Sir: The execution of War Department General Order No. 1 will greatly reduce the strength of the one year regiments of this army. They constitute about two-thirds of the whole number. I respectfully suggest that men to fill those regiments, say twenty