This Week in the Civil War - #924
After defeating Early’s Confederates at Fisher’s Hill, Virginia, Sheridan’s Union corps continued to pursue Early, with extensive skirmishing at Mount Jackson, New Market, Luray, and Forest Hill. For the next four weeks Early would reorganize and rest his defeated army, while seeking reinforcements; his army was not capable of taking to the field. Free to operate unimpeded by Early, Sheridan’s cavalry and infantry now began to systematically destroy the Shenandoah in response to Ulysses Grant’s orders that the Valley cease to be a granary and potential invasion route for the Confederacy. Union forces would eventually destroy some 2000 barns, 70 flour mills, 8 saw mills, and 947 miles of railroads, seize 435,000 bushels of wheat, 77,000 bushels of corn, and 20,000 tons of hay, and kill 12,000 sheep and 11,000 beeves.