andridge, and when the enemy made a demonstration, started his command to chastise them.
Feeling pretty good, no doubt, from the wine at dinner, he was careless in his movements, and when four miles north of Winchester, ran into an ambuscade, which came near annihilating his command.
He lost his battery of artillery, and several officers and men, and but for William L. Jackson's cavalry, which was in his rear, unmounted, the entire command would have been captured.
In this fight Lieutenant F. Calloway, aide to General Ramseur, was shot through the stomach, receiving a wound from which only one in a thousand recovers.
Early remained at New Market but a few days, returning to Winchester, and encamped his army along the Valley Turnpike as far north as Martinsburg.
Sheridan at this time had his command strung out along the Berryville Turnpike from Charleston to White Post.
Sheridan's command consisted of three corps of infantry, 33,000 men and Sheridan's superb cavalry of over