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common purpose to a common end. Their friendship was founded upon mutual esteem.
When General Polk came from Europe, he brought with him a beautiful onyx cameo — the head of Washington — which he gave to General Johnston on his return, saying: I could find nothing so appropriate as a present for you; for I have never known any one whose character so closely resembled Washington's in all respects as your own.
A very dear friend confirms this view of General Johnston thus: Did you ever see Jefferson's estimate of the character of Washington?
It is better than the best for General Johnston.
When General Polk took command in West Tennessee, his department extended from the mouth of the Arkansas River, on both sides of the Mississippi, to the northern limits of Confederate authority, and east as far as the Mobile & Ohio Railroad.
For the following account of his services, previous to General Johnston's arrival, I am again indebted to Dr. William M. Polk:
The force which he fo
fter tea with his immediate staff, and his conversations in those social reunions gave me the very highest opinion of his profound judgment.
He was a man of stately but winning courtesy, although occasionally indulging in pleasantry.
At present I can recall but two of those conversations.
One evening we received a St. Louis paper containing a general order of General Fremont, announcing his staff — a numerous body, composed largely of gentlemen with foreign names.
As, for instance, General Asboth, Colonel De Alma, Majors Kappner and Blome, Captains Emavic Meizaras, Kalmanuezze, Zagonyi, Vanstein Kiste, Sacche, and Geister, Lieutenants Napoleon Westerburg, Addone, Kroger, etc. After the list was read over to him, the general, with an expressive smile, remarked, There is too much tail to that kite.
I believe the United States Government soon afterward came to the same conclusion.
On another evening, some of his staff were discussing the question of the probable boundary-line of t