Union Colonel Sharpe writes J. C. Babcock in January, 1865, regarding Confederate troop positions. He reports General Jubal Early is at Staunton.
J. C. BABCOCK,
Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac:
January 5, 1865.
I have deserters to-day from Pickett's division and from the Local Defense Troops on the north side. There is no change in Pickett's brigades, nor, as far as I can judge, on the north side, where Field holds the line next the river; then the Local Defense Troops or city battalions and the reserves, all commanded by G. W. Custis Lee, and Kershaw toward the Darbytown road. I hear nothing of Hoke's return. Our news from Washington is that Early is at Staunton.
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 40, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.