hting first the two divisions left near Winchester, and then the two that had been moved to Martinsburg.
Accordingly, on the afternoon of the 18th, his whole army marched from Berryville towards the Opequan.
But at Martinsburg Early learned that Grant had been with Sheridan, and anticipating some movement of importance, he at once set out to return.
At Martinsburg . . I learned that Grant was with Sheridan that day, and I expected an early move.—Early's Memoir, page 84. At daylight on the 19th, there was one rebel division immediately in front of Sheridan, and another only five miles to the north, while two, still nearer, were marching rapidly up on the road from Martinsburg.
Sheridan was promptly informed of these dispositions of the enemy, and understood that he now must fight the entire command of Early.
His plan was to attack the rebels with the Sixth and Nineteenth corps, holding Crook's division in reserve, to be used as a turning column when the crisis of the battle occu