Chapter 49: close of the Valley campaign.
After the return from Cedar Creek
, the main body of my troops remained in their camp for the rest of the month without disturbance, but on the 26th of October the enemy's cavalry attacked Lomax
and after sharp fighting was repulsed.
Having heard that Sheridan
was preparing to send troops to Grant
, and that the Manassas Gap Railroad was being repaired, I moved down the Valley
again on the 10th of November.
I had received no reinforcements except about 250 cavalry under General Cosby
's department in Southwestern Virginia
, some returned convalescents and several hundred conscripts who had been on details which had been revoked.
On the 11th, on our approach to Cedar Creek
, it was found that the enemy had fallen back towards Winchester
, after having fortified and occupied a position on Hupp's Hill
subsequently to the battle of Cedar Creek
. Colonel Payne
drove a small body of cavalry through Middletown
and I followed him and took position south of the latter place and in view of it. Sheridan
's main force was found posted north of Newtown
in a position which he was engaged in fortifying.
I remained in front of him during the 11th and 12th, Rosser
being on my left flank on the Back Road
, and Lomax
on my right between the Valley Pike
and the Front Royal
road, with one brigade (McCausland
's) at Cedarville
on the latter road.
had some skirmishing with the enemy's cavalry on the 11th, and on the 12th two divisions advanced against him, and after a heavy fight the enemy was repulsed and some prisoners captured.
, who was operating immediately in my front, likewise had a sharp engagement with a portion of the enemy's cavalry and defended it. When