those unfit for duty, I had about 8,500 muskets for duty.
When I returned from Maryland
, my cavalry consisted of the remnants of five small brigades, to wit: Imboden
's and Vaughan
's had now been ordered to Southwestern Virginia
, most of the men having left without permission.
The surprise and rout of McCausland
's and Johnson
's brigades by Averill
had resulted in the loss of a considerable number of horses and men, and such had been the loss in all the brigades, in the various fights and skirmishes in which they had been engaged, that the whole of this cavalry, now under Lomax
, numbered only about 1,700 mounted men. Fitz. Lee
had brought with him two brigades, to wit: Wickham
's and Lomax
's old brigade (now under Colonel Payne
), numbering about 1,200 mounted men. I had three battalions of artillery which had been with me near Washington
, and Fitz. Lee
had brought a few pieces of horse artillery.
When I speak of divisions and brigades of my troops, it must be understood that they were mere skeletons of those organizations.
Since my return from Maryland
, my supplies had been obtained principally from the lower Valley and the counties west of it, and the money which was obtained by contributions in Maryland
was used for that purpose.
Nearly the whole of our bread was obtained by threshing the wheat and then having it ground, by details from my command, and it sometimes happened that while my troops were fighting, the very flour which was to furnish them with bread for their next meal was being ground under the protection of their guns.
Latterly our flour had been obtained from the upper Valley, but also by details sent for that purpose.
The horses and mules, including the cavalry horses, were sustained almost entirely by grazing.
I have no means of stating with accuracy Sheridan
's force, and can only form an estimate from such data as I have been able to procure.
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