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s to attack, while Sheridan and his admirable staff were on every part of the line, shouting Forward, forward everything! and to all inquiries for instruction the reply was still Go on; don't stop; go on! Formations were little heeded in the rush, but the whole Confederate line broke from its trenches. Pond's Shenandoah, p. 177. General Early justly sums it up, My whole force retired in considerable confusion. In this sudden attack and victory few men fell. At Tom's Brook (October 8, 9), a purely cavalry fight, where Sheridan directed Torbert to set off at daylight and whip the rebel cavalry or get whipped himself, Lowell's brigade, including his own regiment (the 2d Mass. Cavalry), were engaged; and Torbert wrote afterwards that the cavalry totally covered themselves with glory, and added to their list victories ... the most decisive the country has ever witnessed. They captured prisoners, guns, ambulances, headquarters, wagons, everything on wheels, it was said; and the