[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 357. Sheridan telegraphed Grant on February 25: ``I could not get off to-day . . . but will be off on Monday. The cavalry officers say the cavalry never was in such good condition. I will leave behind about 2,000 men, which will increase to 3,000 in a short time.'' (OR, I, XLVI, II, 701).

Grant replied to Lincoln's telegram on February 26:

Page  317``Two thousand cavalry and that to be increased to three thousand, besides all his Infantry is what Genl. Sheridan means.

``His movement is in the direction of the enemy & the tendency will be to protect the B. & O. road and to prevent an attempt to invade Maryland and Penna.'' (DLC-RTL).

Sheridan reported to Stanton on February 26: ``There is on the Baltimore and Ohio . . . not including Harper's Ferry, between 12,000 and 14,000 men. . . . There will be in the Shenandoah Valley, after I leave . . . not less than 2,000 men . . . increased by men at Remount Camp; then there will be the division . . . at Winchester. . . . This seems to me to be ample for the defense of this frontier. . . .'' (OR, I, XLVI, II, 711-12).

See further, Lincoln to Grant, February 27, infra.

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