Union General Phil Sheridan writes General George Crook to inform him of February, 1865, Confederate cavalry positions and movements. Sheridan reports that General Thomas Rosser's command is in the Staunton area.
Maj. Gen. GEORGE CROOK,
February 5, 1865.
My information is that the old valley cavalry came from east side of Blue Ridge for want of forage, and went over toward Warm Springs or south of that point. Wickham's brigade, of Rosser's division, went east of Blue Ridge. Rosser's brigade, 400 strong, six miles west of Staunton. Payne's brigade, Rosser's division, back near Lexington. Two horse batteries disbanded; guns sent to Lynchburg; horses somewhere else. Many of the men have come in here as deserters with their furloughs. Wharton's division at Fishersville. Everything much scattered. Great suffering for want of forage.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
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 413, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.