d three thousand sabres,
The authority for this statement of the Confederate force, is a letter written by General Early from Havana, and published in December, 1865.
In this letter that officer says: At the battle of Winchester, or Opequan, as it is called by General Grant, my effective strength was about eight thousand five hundred muskets, three battalions of artillery, and less than three thousand cavalry.
The Confederate cavalry of the Valley, consisting of two divisions under under Fitz Lee and Lomax, was at this time in a miserable condition, materially and morally.
Our horses, says a letter from a Confederate officer of this force, had been fed on nothing but hay for some time, and were quite weak; and want of discipline had greatly demoralized the men. while Sheridan's strength was thrice that of the aggregate Confederate force.
Sheridan's preponderance in horse enabled him to extend far beyond and overlap the Confederate left, and when, after several hours of ind