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But all this was now to end. Grant had directed Sheridan: Do all the damage to railroads and crops you can. Carry off stock of all descriptions, and negroes, to prevent further planting; and the orders were carried out to the letter. On the 20th of August, Sheridan reported: I have destroyed everything that was eatable south of Winchester, and they will have to haul supplies from well up to Staunton. His orders were to seize all mules, horses, and cattle that might be useful, and destroy all mportant movement made by Sheridan was either ordered or approved by Grant. I have taken up a position, said Sheridan, near Berryville, which will enable me to get in their rear, if they should get strong enough to push north. Again, on the 20th of August, he telegraphed: Troops passing from Culpeper into the Valley. I have taken the defensive till their strength is more fully developed. . . If they cross the Potomac, they will expose their rear, and I will pitch into them. To this Grant rep