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Deduct losses at Dinwiddie court-house, March 31, 1865 [Authority: General Sheridan's report.]450
April 1, 1865.—Effective cavalry force prior to Mackenzie's arrival8,550
Strength of Mackenzie's cavalry brigade, army of the James [Mackenzie's report]1,682
April 1, 1865—Total effective force of all the cavalry10,2821
Crook's strength, March 81st (morning)3,300
Crook's loss at Dinwiddie court-house, say250
Crook's strength April 1, 1865 (morning)3,050
From total effective April 1, 1865 =10,232
Take Crook's strength April 1, 18653,050
Total cavalry [Merritt's and Mackenzie's] engaged at Five Forks7,182

Headquarters, military division of the Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, November 26, 1880.
I certify that the numbers given as the strength of the commands in the above statement—except the estimated loss of Crook's command at Dinwiddie court-house—are all taken from official reports now on. file at these Headquarters.

George A. Forsyth, Lieutenant—Colonel, Aide-de—Camp.

With reference to this statement I refer the reader to my remarks in Appendix to Chapter XXV. I have no doubt that all the deductions claimed could be legitimately made; but I have adopted the rule of accepting the official returns of effective strength made to an adjutant-general, whether by rebel or national officers, and am obliged to abide by it in this instance, as in all others. It will not be found to act unfairly, as I decline to depreciate the numbers reported by the enemy as well as those of the national forces.—--Author.

1 This includes Crook's command, no portion of which was engaged at Five Forks, that entire command being south of Dinwiddie court-house and Stony creek, about four miles from the battle-field.

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