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[177] of strategy. He had the example of Stonewall Jackson's previous successful campaign, and the troops with whom it had been made. His army consisted of three divisions of veteran troops, commanded by Generals Breckenridge, Rodes and Gordon, and they were operating in a friendly country, on familiar grounds. The task before Sheridan was three fold, to prevent another raid into Maryland, to keep so close to Early's army that none of it could be dispatched to Lee, and to keep from a general engagement. These three facts are needed to explain the complicated and erratic movements of the period from the 7th of August to the 19th of September. The itinerary of the brigade is given in a report made by the Adjutant General of the brigade as follows:

August 10: Marched at 6 A. M., camped at Clifton, fifteen miles.

August 11: Marched at 5 A. M. and camped six miles from Winchester, southeast.

August 12: Marched at 7:30 A. M. in rear of trains, camped at Middletown.

August 13: Crossed Cedar Creek at 7 A. M., halted eleven and one-half miles from Strasburg. Enemy found in position at Fisher's Hill. Recrossed Cedar Creek at 10 A. M. and camped on old ground.

August 16: Commenced march to Winchester at 10 P. M.

August 17: Continued march, passed through Winchester at 8 A. M. Camped on Opequon Creek at 4:30 P. M.

August 18: Marched at 6 A. M. via Berryville and camped two miles from Charlestown.

August 21: Enemy appeared at 8 A. M. Skirmished all day.

August 22: Retired at 2 A. M. toward Harper's Ferry. Camped on former ground. At 12 M.

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