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History of Cambria County, V.2

them belonged to the Army of West Virginia, led by Brig.-Gen. George Crook, and one to Gen. George A. Custer's division of cavalry. They were as follows :

Captain. Co. Regiment. Brigade. Division. Corps.
54th Pa. Inf
Col. John P. Suter
T. M. Harris
Milton Wells
Jos. Thoburn
T. M. Harris
Geo. Crook.
David R. Bryan A Same Same Same Same
Geo. W. Gageby D Same Same Same Same
Bartholomew Kane E Same Same Same Same
Henry Shick H Same Same Same Same
Geo. W. Camp I Same Same Same Same
Henry J. Blough K 18th Pa. Cav.
Col. J. W. Phillips
A. C. M. Pennington. Jr.
Geo. A. Custer.
Cavalry Corps.
P. H. Sheridan.

    After the marvelous success of Sheridan in the Valley, the War Department, believing that Gen. Early was completely broken and his army scattered, ordered Gen. Wright to take his 6th Corps back to Gen. Grant. He had proceeded as far as Ashby's Gap when they were recalled and sent back to Cedar Creek, where they arrived October 14. Gen. Early had been reinforced by Kershaw's division of infantry and 600 cavalry, giving him about 18,000 men. Lee's imperative orders were to detain Sheridan in the Valley, so that he could not go to Grant in front of Petersburg. On the night of the 15th Gen. Sheridan started for Washington City for a conference with Secretary Stanton and Maj.-Gen. Halleck, leaving Gen. H. G. Wright in command. Sheridan took his cavalry (Capt. Blough) with him as far as Front Royal, intending to push it through Chester Gap to make a raid on the east side of the Blue Ridge. At Rectortown he was informed that a message to Early had been taken from the enemy's signal station, to the effect that Longstreet with his corps was on the way to reinforce him, and to be ready to crush Sheridan. Under these conditions the cavalry returned to Wright at Cedar Creek and Sheridan continued on his way to Washington City.
    On the morning of October 19, Gen. Wright's army were resting complacently on the banks of Cedar Creek, with most of the men sleeping. At early dawn Gen. Gordon appeared in the rear of Crook's camp (54th Regiment), and forthwith made an attack. The surprise was complete. The men jumping out of their beds and gathering their clothes and arms, fled in great confusion when Gordon turned their own artillery on them. As soon as Gordon had created a panic in Crook's camp and put it to flight, Kershaw and Wharton made an assault on the Nineteenth Corps, which were mainly lying on the west side of

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