ing the Confederates out of the Valley
the battle of Waynesboroa
marching to join the Army of the Potomac.
Early's broken army practically made no halt in its retreat after the battle of Cedar Creek until it reached New Market, though at Fisher's Hill was left a small rear-guard of cavalry, which hastily decamped, however, when charged by Gibbs's brigade on the morning of the 20th.
Between the date of his signal defeat and the 11th of November, the enemy's scattered forces had sufficientlzed Confederates.
General Torbert being absent on leave at this time, I did not recall him, but appointed General Merritt Chief of Cavalry, for Torbert had disappointed me on two important occasions — in the Luray Valley during the battle of Fisher's Hill, and on the recent Gordonsville expedition-and I mistrusted his ability to conduct any operations requiring much self-reliance.
The column was composed of Custer's and Devin's divisions of cavalry, and two sections of artillery, comprising i