Union General Winfield Scott Hancock writes General Grant in April, 1865, to report on troop dispositions in the Shenandoah Valley. Hancock reports that Staunton is occupied by Confederate General Thomas Rosser's men.
April 6, 1865.
(Received 9.10 p. m.)
Gen. Torbert has just returned from his reconnaissance. He found nothing in the Valley excepting a few hundred cavalry under Rosser at Staunton. He is satisfied from the reports from all the people that a movement of Pickett's division was anticipated, and quite a number of his men are on furlough near here. Some deserters from his division also report that it was the talk among the men that they were coming to the Valley.
WINF'D 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 616-617, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.