from Fort Monroe
, where it had arrived in the nick of time from New Orleans, and was still on its transports.
was saved from capture by the opportune arrival of these two corps, for Early
would have made little account of the heavy artillery and local troops then in the fortifications of that city.
Early withdrew to the lower Valley, followed by Wright
, who were soon joined by General Crook
, who had superseded Hunter
after his disastrous return to Harper's Ferry
from the Ohio river
This formed the Eighth Corps in the Army of the Shenandoah Valley.
started back to Washington
to reinforce Grant
, when Early
at once turned upon Crook
, defeated him at Kernstown
, July 24, and drove him through Winchester
and across the Potomac
at Harper's Ferry
This caused the return of the troops of Wright
, and the whole force was concentrated at and near Harper's Ferry
In casting around for a commander for this Army General Grant
fixed upon his cavalry commander, General Sheridan
, recently defeated by General Hampton
, at Trevillian's Station, in his effort to join General Hunter
, and compelled to return.
, in addition to his three corps of infantry, was supplied with three divisions of cavalry—Averill's, Merritt
's and Wilson
's—all under command of General Torbert
, and numbering 11,000 men, as was shown by the rolls of the cavalry which were captured by the Confederates
in this campaign.
The Second Corps of the Confederate Army consisted of the divisions of Rodes
, to which was added, after reaching Lynchburg
, the small division of Breckinridge
, commanded by General Wharton
Later, General Early
was joined by General R. H. Anderson
, with General Kershaw
's division of infantry, and General Fitz. Lee
's division of cavalry from General Lee
There was much marching up and down the Valley
and manoeuvering for position on the part of Generals Early
Notwithstanding his immense superiority of force, General Sheridan
would not join battle.
At last General Grant
paid General Sheridan
a visit, with a plan of battle in his pocket, and with the intention of urging him to fight, when he ascertained that Sheridan
had just been informed by a female spy in Winchester
that General Anderson
, with Kershaw
's Division, had been recalled to General Lee
's army —such was the pressing need for reinforcements there-and Sheridan
had already determined to attack, so Grant
did not divulge his plan.
The withdrawal of Kershaw
's Division from General Early