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ell utterly failed to accomplish anything. Indeed, his indifferent attack was not at all worthy the excellent soldiers he commanded, and when I learned that it was his intention to withdraw from the enemy's front, and this, too, on the indefinite report of a signal-officer that a brigade or division of Confederates was turning his right flank, and that he had not seriously attempted to verify the information, I sent him this order: headquarters Middle Military division, Woodstock, Va., Sept. 23, 1864. Brevet Major-General Averell: Your report and report of signal-officer received. I do not want you to let the enemy bluff you or your command, and I want you to distinctly understand this note. I do not advise rashness, but I do desire resolution and actual fighting, with necessary casualties, before you retire. There must now be no backing or filling by you without a superior force of the enemy actually engaging you. P. H. Sheridan, Major-General Commanding. Some little