Letter from William B. Darst, 21st Virginia Volunteer Infantry, to his mother.
A young Federal officer suggests a quick strike against the Confederacy, but General Scott prefers a more methodical approach.
President Lincoln’s call for troops is enthusiastically answered, but getting them to Washington is another matter.
Virginians mobilize to defend their state against an impending Federal invasion from Washington.
Virginians seize the important military arsenal at Harpers Ferry after retreating Federals fail to destroy it completely.
Virginia militia seize the Gosport Navy Yard at Norfolk after Federals abandon the vital naval base with controversial haste.