I never saw such a sight in my life as that of the tremendous force, the flying banners, sparkling bayonets and flashing sabres, moving from the north and east upon the left flank and rear of our army.
It is wonderful to relate that notwithstanding this tremendous force, which over numbered Early
fully four to one, and notwithstanding the fall of the gallant and efficient Rodes
extricated his army, and the battle closed, with the losses of Early
(plus the loss in his cavalry, which for all of September was sixty killed and 288 wounded, supposing that all to have been incurred at Winchester
's force would still largely exceed Early
From my observation of that command and from my knowledge of the numbers which Early
encountered, my opinion has long been fixed that Lee
had no lieutenant whose talents for war were more brilliant than those of Early
The records prove his achievements so clearly that they cannot either be rubbed out or diminised by the pretensions of rivals or the carpings of critics.