1864 Shenandoah Campaign Letter - Sheridan Orders 6th Corps Escorts for Supply Trains - Captain Augustine F. Hayden

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1864 Shenandoah Campaign Letter - Sheridan Orders 6th Corps Escorts for Supply Trains - Captain Augustine F. Hayden

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Item No. 5062092

Offered here is an interesting Civil War letter written during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. The letter was written by Captain Augustine F. Hayden, an adjutant on the staff of Major General Philip Sheridan, to Colonel Oliver Edwards, a 6th Corps brigade commander in charge of federal forces at Winchester, Virginia. It was written on October 11, just weeks after the Battle of Third Winchester, and days before Sheridan’s victory at the Battle of Cedar Creek. In the letter, Hayden passes along Sheridan’s orders that wagon trains leaving Winchester for Front Royal carry escorts from 6th Corps troops. It reads, in full:

Head Quarters Middle Military Division
October 11th 1864

Col. O. Edwards
Comdg U.S. Forces
Winchester Va

Colonel.
The Major General Comd’g directs that you send with the 6th Corps train which will go out on the Front Royal road from Winchester, a guard of 800 men, to be taken from the Provisional Brigades. 13500 strong I sent up from Harpers Ferry.

All men with these Provisional Brigades belonging to the 6th A.C. will be sent out with the 6th Corps wagons to Front Royal, and a sufficient number from the same brigades to make the guard at least 800 strong.

The guards for the Army trains, to be 800 or 1000 strong, will be taken from the Provisional Brigades, using Col. Curtis brigade for a future escort.

Very Respcy
Your Obt. Servant
A. F. Hayden
A.A.G.

P.S.
This train for the 6th A.C. must start from Winchester in time to reach Front Royal before the 13th inst. and if there are more than 800 men of the 6th Corps with these Provisional Brigades, they will all be sent.

Respcy
Yr. Obt. Servant
A. F. Hayden
A.A.G.

Docketed briefly on reverse.

The letter was written on two pages of a four-page stationery sheet measuring about 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. It is in excellent condition as shown, with very light wear. Very light toning at margins. Creased where originally folded.

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