a large number of officers were serving in the ranks, carrying muskets.
At Lynchburg Early
was reinforced by Generals Breckinridge
's division of infantry, Jenkins
' and Vaughan
's mounted infantry, William L. Jackson
's and Morgan
His whole force then numbered 10,000 infantry, and about 3,000 cavalry.
He was further reinforced by Kershaw
's division of infantry and Fitzhugh Lee
's cavalry before the Battle of Cedar Creek
, October 19, 1864.
At no time had his army more than 10,000 infantry and 5,000 cavalry.
With this disorganized force, he fought and defeated Lew Wallace
at Frederick City, July 6th, and arrived in front of Washington
on July 11th, about 12 M., making his headquarters at Silver Springs
, the residence of lion.
Francis P. Blair
. Being in the enemy's country, he had to march by brigades, each defending its own wagon train, and, it being exceedingly hot, it was nearly dark before he could make a demonstration against Fort Stevens
; and when it was done, it was found that General Grant
had got a corps of his best troops there in its defense.
After consultation, General Early
determined to withdraw his troops again to Winchester
The burning of the home of Montgomery Blair
was wholly an accident, caused by its being unoccupied and at the mercy of straggling soldiers.
, during his entire stay, protected private property to the full extent of his power, and and never gave an order to destroy Blair
, however, concluded not to stay at Winchester
, but proceeded down the Valley
to New Market
He, however, left Major-General Ramseur
with his command, with positive instructions not to bring on a fight.
took dinner with Mr. Phil. Dandridge
, and when the enemy made a demonstration, started his command to chastise them.
Feeling pretty good, no doubt, from the wine at dinner, he was careless in his movements, and when four miles north of Winchester
, ran into an ambuscade, which came near annihilating his command.
He lost his battery of artillery, and several officers and men, and but for William L. Jackson
's cavalry, which was in his rear, unmounted, the entire command would have been captured.