This Week in the Civil War - #962
With William Tecumseh Sherman’s destruction of Georgia commencing and John Bell Hood’s invasion of Tennessee yet to begin, Confederate forces had to go on the offensive. On Thursday, November 10, 1864 Jubal Early with a small force of men once again moved north from New Market into the Shenandoah Valley. On the following day, Early’s forces skirmished indecisively at Newton, at Cedar Creek, and Nineveh, Virginia. However, at this point of the war Early simply had too few men to conquer Sheridan’s Union forces or to effectively threaten Washington, D.C. So, on Sunday, November 13, the Confederates retreated back to New Market where a significant portion of Early’s command was immediately transferred to strengthen the Confederate siege lines protecting Richmond. Early’s efforts in the Valley had come to an inglorious end.