's force here, relying upon his ability to get it back to the Valley
could fit up and return.
In such case he would fall upon either flank as now exposed, and inflict great damage.’
Again, on the 3rd, he said: ‘A despatch is just received from Sheridan
up to the 1st instant.
The enemy have entirely left his front and gone to Charlottesville
He cannot reach them there, so that we may now confidently expect the return here of at least Kershaw
's division and Rosser
It will require very close watching to prevent being surprised by the reinforcement.’
's manoeuvres furnished a reason for levelling or holding the forts on the James
; so completely was the campaign in the Valley
a part of the operations against Richmond
could not yet make up his mind to abandon the important region beyond the Blue Ridge
Early had not absolutely crossed the mountains, but only fled to their western base, and after his defeats at Winchester
and Fisher's Hill
and Fitz-Lee were ordered to return to him. Kershaw
had already reached Culpeper
on his way to Richmond
, but on the receipt of these orders, he re-crossed the Blue Ridge
at Swift's Gap, and came up with the beaten army on the 25th of September, at Brown's Gap, where Lomax
and Fitz-Lee had arrived the day before.