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tore matters to their normal condition; but Averell's dissatisfaction began to show itself immediately after his arrival at Martinsburg, on the 14th of August, and, except when he was conducting some independent expedition, had been manifested on all occasions since. I therefore thought that the interest of the service would be subserved by removing one whose growing indifference might render the best-laid plans inoperative. headquarters Middle Military division. Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 25, 1864-11:30 P. M. Lieut-General Grant, Comd'g, &c., City Point, Va.: I have relieved Averell from his command. Instead of following the enemy when he was broken at Fisher's Hill (so there was not a cavalry organization left), he went into camp and let me pursue the enemy for a distance of fifteen miles, with infantry, during the night. P. H. Sheridan, Major-General. The failure of Averell to press the enemy the evening of the 23d gave Early time to collect his scattered forces and t