We'll never know. But the fact remains that Early was not a success against Sheridan.
And that would matter to this debate only if every single battle, no matter what the numbers or the other respective advantages and disadvantages, was decided solely based on the generalship of the respective commanders.
Napoleon lost the 1814 Campaign in France. Does that make him a bad general? Or does it simply mean that even history's greatest general cannot hope to prevail with 85,000 men against an enemy that numbers 350,000?