Union Major Robert P. Kennedy forwards information on February, 1865, Confederate troop positions to Colonel John Oley. The letter includes detailed information about troops in the Staunton area.
Col. JOHN H. OLEY,
Charleston, W. Va.:
February 2, 1865.
The following has just been received from Gen. Sheridan, and is sent for your information:
On the 19th of January Gen. Early's headquarters were at Staunton. On that day
Gen. McCausland's brigade passed through Staunton en route to West Virginia. The
whole of Lomax's division, not exceeding, 1,000 men, have been ordered to West
Virginia, and have got there by this time. On the 21st Echols' brigade, 400
strong, was sent by railroad from Lynchburg, by Virginia and East Tennessee
road, to Dublin Station. Rosser has about 400 men in camp seven miles from
Staunton, on the Jackson River railroad. Fitz Lee's headquarters are at
Waynesborough; nearly all of his River railroad. Fitz Lee's headquarters are at
Wahnesborough; nearly all of his division and Rosser's have been disbanded for
the winter, to report in March next. Some few of Fitz Lee's men are at Orange
Court-House and a few troops at Staunton and Lynchburg. Some little artillery
and two brigades of infantry at Fisherville.
JAS. W. FORSYTH,
Chief of Staff.
By command of Maj.-Gen. Croook:
ROBT. P. KENNEDY,
Maj. and Assistant Adjutant-Gen.
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 46, Serial No. 96, Pages 358, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.