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[278] were now on their way to Martinsburg, spreading the news that Sheridan's army had been totally defeated, and that they (of course) were the only survivors. Then every half hour or so somebody galloped in from the advance with such a tale of continuing success that we could hardly grant our credence to it before a fresh messenger arrived, not so much to confirm the story as to exaggerate it.

It was “Hurrah! twenty cannon taken at Strasburg That makes twenty-six so far.”

“Glorious! Don't believe it. Isn't it splendid?”

“Impossible! All our own back again,” answered the contradictory chorus.

Then came another plunge of hoofs, reining up with another “Hurrah! forty-six guns! More wagons and ambulances than you can count!”

In truth the amount of material captured in this victory was extraordinary. Two days after the battle I saw near Sheridan's headquarters a row of forty-nine pieces of artillery, of which twenty-four had been lost by us and retaken, while the others were Early's own. In addition, the rebels lost fifty wagons, sixty-five ambulances (some of them marked Stonewall Brigade ), sixteen hundred small arms, several battle flags, fifteen hundred prisoners, and probably two thousand killed and wounded. Our own losses were: Crook's command, one hundred killed and wounded, and seven hundred prisoners; the Ninteenth Corps, sixteen hundred killed and wounded, and one hundred prisoners; the Sixth Corps, thirteen hundred killed and wounded; total, three thousand eight hundred.

The only reinforcement which the Army of the

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