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|By 1863, there weren't that many crops left in the Shenandoah, they had all been trampled and blown to bits. That's not to say there weren't some available but the feed for horses was in extremely short supply and THAT was a huge concern for Lee. That was why so much grain and forage had to come from the southeast after the fall of Vicksburg. Lee also hoped to fatten his horses in the north and leave the fields of Virginia to grow so he could feed his starving horses when he returned.