force stated that it was the largest which they had ever seen in the Valley
on either side, and some estimated it as high as 60,000 or 70,000, but of course I made allowance for the usual exaggeration of inexperienced men. My estimate is from the following data: in Grant
's letter to Hunter
, dated at Monocacy
, August 5th, 1864, and contained in the report of the former, is the following statement: “In detailing such a force, the brigade of cavalry now en route
may be taken into account.
There are now on their way to join you three other brigades of the best cavalry, numbering at least 5,000 men and horses.”
on the 6th, and Grant
says in his report, “On the 7th of August, the Middle Department and the Departments of West Virginia
and the Susquehanna
were constituted into the Middle Military division, and Major General Sheridan
was assigned to the temporary command of the same.
Two divisions of cavalry, commanded by Generals Torbert
, were sent to Sheridan
from the Army of the Potomac.
The first reached him at Harper's Ferry
on the 11th of August.”
Before this cavalry was sent to the Valley
, there was already a division there commanded by Averill
, besides some detachments which belonged to the Department of West Virginia
A book containing the official reports of the chief surgeon
of the cavalry corps of Sheridan
's army which was subsequently captured at Cedar Creek
on the 19th of October, showed that there were present for duty in that corps, during the first week in September, 10,000 men. The extracts from Grant
's report go to confirm this statement, as, if three brigades numbered at least 5,000 men and horses, the two divisions, when the whole of them arrived with Averill
's cavalry, must have numbered over 10,000.
I think, therefore, that I can safely estimate Sheridan
's cavalry at the battle of Winchester
, on the 19th of September, at 10,000.
His infantry consisted of the 6th, 19th, and Crook
's corps, the latter being composed of the