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The intention, so far as I can learn, was to send a column direct from Culpeper to the Potomac, and Early to advance at the same time from Martinsburg.
This was frustrated by Early being compelled to fall back, and your operations on the north side of the James.—Sheridan to Grant, August, 20.
Sheridan had moved from Halltown on the 10th of August, and Early at once fell back as far as Strasburg, to which point he was followed by the national army, both forces arriving at Cedar creek on the 12th.
On the 13th, Early retired a few miles further, to Fisher's Hill.
Anderson meanwhile had arrived at Culpeper, where he received a despatch from Early, calling for reinforcements.
He at once set out with his whole command, and crossing the Blue Ridge at Chester's Gap, arrived on the 15th, at Front Royal, about ten miles east of Strasburg.
The road between was held by Sheridan; but Masanutten mountain also intervened, and concealed the presence of Anderson.