Market, six miles from Mount Jackson, without any pursuit at all.
Thus terminated the Valley campaign of 1864.
In November, Early again advanced nearly to Winchester, but his offer of battle was refused, and he went into winter quarters near Staunton, with the small and exhausted force which remained with him, the second corps having been returned to General Lee.
He had then only a handful of cavalry and a corporal's guard of infantry.
In February, 1865, when the days of the Confederacy wes nervous, excited, irascible, exacting.
The people would hear no explanations — they wanted victories.
Such was the state of public sentiment when intelligence came from the mountains that Early's army had been again attacked, this time near Staunton, and owing to the excessively bad generalship of that officer, had sustained utter and ignominious defeat.
How many thousands of men had thus been defeated was not exactly stated; but the public said that it was an army.
It was one thousand in