set out to return.1
At daylight on the 19th, there was one rebel division immediately in front of Sheridan
, and another only five miles to the north, while two, still nearer, were marching rapidly up on the road from Martinsburg
was promptly informed of these dispositions of the enemy, and understood that he now must fight the entire command of Early
His plan was to attack the rebels with the Sixth and Nineteenth corps, holding Crook
's division in reserve, to be used as a turning column when the crisis of the battle occurred.
His cavalry he placed on the right and left of the infantry.
The approach to Winchester
by the Berryville
road is through a difficult gorge, and it was nine o'clock before an advance in line could be effected.
The attack was then made in handsome style, without cover; but by this time Early
's two divisions from Martinsburg
had come upon the ground, and the rebels were not only able to hold their own, but made a countercharge, and the national centre was forced back for a while.
, however, threw forward Upton
's brigade and struck the attacking column in flank, when the rebels in turn were driven back, and the national line was re-established.
The enemy's principal strength was opposite Sheridan
's right, where the Martinsburg
road comes in, and Crook
was now directed to find the left of the rebel line, strike it in flank or rear, and break it up, while Sheridan
made a left half wheel of the main line of battle to support him. Crook