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Whittaker, Frederick, 1838-1889 / A complete life of Gen. George A. Custer: Major-General of Volunteers; Brevet Major-General, U.S. Army; and Lieutenant-Colonel, Seventh U.S. Calvery

Chapter II. Cedar Creek,   pp. [263]-270 ff.

Page [263]

                 CEDAR CREEK.
   FOR about ten days after "Woodstock Races," the cavalry
     and army in general enjoyed comparative quiet. Sheridan
and Grant were in correspondence as to further movements, and
it was almost determined by the latter that Sheridan should
continue his advance and operate on Charlottesville and Gor-
donsville, through Manassas Gap. Sheridan, on the other hand,
wished to send back the Sixth Corps to Grant; and on the 10th
of October, it actually started and Marched toward Front Royal,
on its way to Washington. On the 12th, it was at Ashby's
Gap; but the same day news came that Early had once more
advanced to Fisher's Hill. The Federal army was encamped
at Cedar Creek, near Strasburg, and the Sixth Corps was re-
called. On the 13th, Rosser, not yet discouraged, caine down
on the extreme right of the army, and drove in Custer's pickets.
He had three brigades of cavalry and one of infantry, but re-
tired when Custer moved out of camp. From thence to the
18th, all was quiet. Merritt and Custer sent frequent recon-
noissances up the pike and the back road, but found no
enemy nearer than Fisher's Hill. The Confederatescavalry was
in the Luray Valley, and occasionally annoyed the extreme
right of the army. Everything seemed to point in Wright's
opinion to a quiet sulky enemy, with a possible attack onl their
right rear. On the 16th, Sheridan was summoned to Washing-
ton to see Secretary Stanton. As he was at Manassas Gap, and
about taking the train, he received a note from General Wright
of the Sixth Corps, who was left in command of the army. It

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