December 19, 1864
Federal expedition from Kernstown to Lacey’s Springs, VA, and action at Lacey’s Springs (21st), as Bvt. Maj. Gen. George Armstrong custer, USA, and his Federal cavalry drive against the Rebels, destroying property, inflicting casualties, and disrupting communications. The sanctity of the South’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley has just about been totally destroyed by the Federals. 12/19-22/1864.
Federal cavalry expedition led by Brig. Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert, USA, from Winchester to near Gordonsville, VA, including skirmishes at:
a) Madison Court-House (Dec. 21st)
b) Liberty Mills (Dec. 22nd)
c) near Gordonsville (Dec. 23rd)
Military activity in the Shenandoah Valley is greatly diminished as the majority of Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early’s, CSA, and Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s USA, armies are sent to the battle front at Petersburg, VA. 12/19-28/1864.
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