stimate of Fitz-Lee or Lomax's strength, and says not a word of Breckenridge or the reserves; but declares that these reinforcements about made up my losses at Winchester and Fisher's Hill.
The returns, however, tell a different tale.
The latest from these commands, prior to Sept. 27, were as follows:—
July 10Fitz-Lee1,706 effective.
Aug. 31Kershaw3,445 effective.
Sept. 10Lomax3,568 effective. Breckenridge succeeded late in September to the command in South-West Virginia, and on the 13th of that month, Echols, his predecessor, reported 3,904 effective men. I can find no return of Rosser's force, nor of the reserves; but Grant telegraphed to Halleck, Sept. 30: Rosser's brigade of cavalry has gone to Early.
The brigade numbered 1,400 men.
It has already been shown that the rebels never include the reserves in any statement of their strength, although these were always put into battle, and fought as well as any. Early speaks, page 97 of his Memoir, of two companies of reserv
tle sound, a long and shallow piece of water, separated from the ocean by a sandspit not more than a hundred yards across.
Since the bombardment on Christmas day, Hoke had remained with his division in the neighborhood of Wilmington, and on the 13th, during the landing, he approached the shore, and drew up his troops parallel with Terry's command, to watch, and, if possible, intercept the operation; but the cover afforded by the naval fire prevented the rebels from offering any opposition; ast Cause, and Southern History of the War; also, correspondence of the London Times.—Charleston and Wilmington, 1864-5.
Porter this day pursued a somewhat different plan from that he had adopted at the first bombardment.
At half-past 7 on the 13th, he sent the iron-clads in alone, thus tempting the enemy to engage them that he might ascertain what guns the rebels had, and be able to dismount them; for so much had been said about the guns not being dismounted, although silenced, in the first