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ime was taken advantage of by the enemy to recall the troops diverted to Bunker Hill and Martinsburg on the 17th, thus enabling him to bring them all to the support of Ramseur before I could strike with effect.
My idea was to attack Ramseur and Wharton, successively, at a very
Executive Mansion Washington, Sept. 20, 1864 Major General Sheridan Winchester, Va.
have just heard of your great victory.
God bless you all, officers and men — strongly inclined to come up and see you.
A. Lincoln. early hour and before they could get succor, but I was not in condition to do it till nearly noon, by which time Gordon and Rodes had been enabled to get upon the ground at a point from which, as I advanced, they enfiladed my right flank, and gave it such a repulse that to re-form this part of my line I was obliged to recall the left from some of the ground it had gained.
It was during this reorganization of my lines that I changed my plan as to Crook, and moved him from my left to my