Union General Winfield Scott Hancock writes Chief of Staff Henry Halleck in April, 1865, to report on the results of a scouting expedition in the Shenandoah Valley. Hancock gives the strength of Confederate General George Pickett's Division stationed in Staunton.
Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
April 3, 1865--6 p.m.
(Received 7 p.m.)
I sent a scouting party of 300 men up the Valley yesterday morning. They went but little beyond Woodstock. There seems to be no doubt but that Pickett is at Staunton; at least all reports agree on this. My information is that he has about 2,500 cavalry and 10,000 infantry, and occupies Staunton and Harrisonburg. I shall send Torbert with all his cavalry, about 3,500, to Strasburg to-night.
W. S. HANCOCK,
Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 46, Serial No. 97, Pages 540, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.