probable that he would have gained the battle of Winchester
even against such odds.
had been fought out, and it was only with Crook
's fresh corps and the two cavalry divisions of Merritt
, which, with Wilson
's, were equal in numbers to Early
's Infantry, that Sheridan
was enabled to gain the victory.
We may now see some ground for Early
's opinion that, ‘instead of being promoted, Sheridan
ought to have been cashiered for this battle.’
It was my intention to add some account of the battle of Fisher's Hill
, which has been called ‘the aftermath’ of Winchester
, but this article has already extended to too great length, and that battle, if noticed at all, must be reserved for some future occasion.
Besides the references given above, the reader should add Pond
's The Shenandoah Valley of
1861, an interesting book, but one containing the usual exaggerations of Confederate numbers, and Senator Daniel
's address in Richmond
, December 13, 1894, on General Early
's Valley campaign.