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imply allege that those who struck the first blow, and made war inevitable, ought not, in fairness, to reproach us for the natural consequences. I merely assert our warright to forage, and my resolve to protect my foragers to the extent of life for life. I am, with respect, Your obedientservant W. T. Sherman, Major-General United States Army. Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton, Commanding Cavalry Forces, C. S. A. Wade Hampton to General Sherman. Headquarters in the field, February 27, 1865. Genral: Your communication of the twenty-fourth inst. reached me to-day. In it you state that it has been officially reported that your foraging parties are murdered after capture. You go on to say that you have ordered a similar number of prisoners in our hands to be disposed of in like manner; that is to say, have ordered a number of Confederate soldiers to be murdered. You characterize your order in proper terms, for the public voice, even in your own country, where it seldom
ivisions, Army of the Shenandoah, February Twenty-eighth, 1865--Major-General Wesley Merritt, Chief of Cavalry.   commissioned officers. enlisted men. First cavalry division, Brigadier-General T. C. Devin, commanding 260 4,787 One section (companies C and E) Fourth United States artillery 2 52 Third cavalry division, Brevet Major-General George A. Custer commanding 240 4,600 One section (Company M) Second United States artillery 1 45 Total 503 9,484 On the morning of February twenty-seventh, 1865, we marched from Winchester up the valley pike with five days rations in haversacks, and fifteen days rations of coffee, sugar and salt in wagons, thirty pounds of forage on each horse, one wagon for division headquarters, eight ambulances and our ammunition train. No other wagons, except a pontoon train of eight boats, were permitted to accompany the command. My orders were to destroy the Virginia Central railroad, the James river canal, capture Lynchburg, if practicable, an
desire to express my gratitude to their respective commanders, Major-Generals Lew Wallace, C. C. Augur, Couch, and Cadwallader, and to Major-Generals Hunter and Crook, who at separate times commanded the latter Department for the assistance given me. General Augur operated very effectively with a small force under his command, the reports of which were forwarded direct to the War Department. After the battle of Cedar Creek nothing of importance occurred in the valley up to February twenty-seventh, 1865, the day on which the cavalry moved from Winchester to Petersburg. On the night of November eleventh, 1864, General Early moved some of his shattered forces to the north of Cedar creek for the purpose of bluster, I suppose, as on the night of the following day he hastily retired. In consequence of contradictory information received from scouts and captured cavalry prisoners, I was unconvinced of any rebel infantry being in my vicinity until it was too late to overtake it in i