|Winchester or Opequon||226||1,567||1,818||3,611|
Not including Early
's cavalry losses.
This does not include Early
's losses in cavalry, but during all
September there were 60 killed and 288 wounded, and putting them at 1,000, which is very excessive for the three battles, they would show that Sheridan
's loss in killed and wounded was much greater than Early
's, and Early
's losses greater in prisoners, yet all told for the three fights Early
's aggregate loss more than 2,000 less.
What such a man could have done with resources to match his genius can be left only to inspire the imagination.
As to prisoners, Grant
says, in his memoirs, that Early
had lost more men killed, wounded and captured, than Sheridan
had commanded from first to last.
How such an absurd statement could have gotten into printer's ink is unaccountable.
This is contradicted by Sheridan
himself, for he reports that from August 1, 1864, to March 1, 1865, the prisoners received by his provost-marshal were about 13,000.
(See War Records, Serial 91, page 60.) Grant
forgets he had instructed Sheridan
to consider citizens under fifty years old as prisoners of war, and not as citizen prisoners (See Grant
's order of August 16, 1864, Sheridan
's Memoirs, first volume, page 486), and this 13,000 embraced all deserters, stragglers, furloughed soldiers of Lee
's army, army-agents of all kinds, and all citizens who were carried to Washington
, whether soldiers or otherwise.
The truth is patent that I have made good my statement that Early
killed, wounded and captured from Hunter
more men than he could ever muster upon any battle-field against either of them, and Grant
has turned the truth of history upside down, in a manner that no one who reads its records can explain.