led and wounded.
His loss, two killed and three wounded. R. E. Lee, General. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War.
This telegram was published the next day and was seen by General Grant, as newspapers were regularly exchanged between the lines.
It informed him of the status of my command.
It was the first public official notice of me by General Lee since General Grant came to Virginia.
The Berryville raid was the first I ever reported to him by telegraph.
The dispatch was sent by John Manson out to Gordonsville, and from there wired to headquarters.
The news was sent in haste because I knew General Lee's anxiety about the movement up the Valley, and that it would relieve him to hear that a blow had been struck.
His dispatch to the War Department shows the importance he attached to it. He saw the effect it would have on Sheridan.
It is a mystery Sheridan does not explain why he stopped talking about hanging my men. It was not because their manners had improved, or that they