them, they were lost, a very small body of the enemy's cavalry capturing them.
The greater part of the infantry was halted at Fisher's Hill
, and Rosser
, whose command had retired in good order on the Back Road
, was ordered to that point with his cavalry.
The infantry moved back towards New Market
at three o'clock next morning, and Rosser
was left at Fisher's Hill
to cover the retreat of the troops, and hold that position until they were beyond pursuit.
He remained at Fisher's Hill
until after ten o'clock on the 20th, and the enemy did not advance to that place while he was there.
He then fell back without molestation to his former position, and established his line on Stony Creek
, across from Columbia Furnace
, seven miles below Mount Jackson
My other troops were halted at New Market
, about seven miles from Mount Jackson
, and there was an entirely open country between the two places, they being very nearly in sight of each other.
had moved, on the day of the battle, on the Front Royal
road towards Winchester
, under the impression that the enemy was being forced back towards that place, and he did not reach me. When he ascertained the reverse which had taken place in the latter part of the day, he retired up the Luray Valley
to his former place at Millford
, without molestation.
My loss in the battle of Cedar Creek
was twenty-three pieces of artillery, some ordnance and medical wagons and ambulances, which had been carried to the front for the use of the troops on the field, about 1860 in killed and wounded, and something over 1,000 prisoners. Major General Ramseur
fell into the hands of the enemy mortally wounded, and in him not only my command, but the country sustained a heavy loss.
He was a most gallant and energetic officer, whom no disaster appalled, but his courage and energy seemed to gain new strength in the midst of confusion and disorder.
He fell at his post fighting like a lion at bay, and his native State has reason to be proud of his memory.
Brigadier General Battle