Civil War Trails sign on Union General Philip Sheridan’s pursuit of Confederate forces following the Third Battle of Winchester. His cavalry attempted and failed to use the Page Valley to get behind the Confederate forces and cut off their retreat.
In September 1864, General Philip Sheridan detached two cavalry divisions to the Page Valley, while the rest of his army attacked General Jubal Early’s Confederates at Fisher’s Hill. The Union Calvary was to cut off Early’s retreat, but met heavy resistance throughout the Valley and was forced to withdraw to Front Royal. After learning of Sheridan’s victory at Fisher’s Hill, the Union calvary commander, General Alfred T.A. Torbert, quickly set out for Luray, catching up with Confederate calvary at Yager’s Mill. Badly outnumbered and out-gunned, the Confederate units were forced to retreat. Torbert did eventually cross Massanutten Mountain, but was too late to cut of General Early and his men.
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