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7. Capt. A. F. Hayden, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, is hereby assigned to duty at these headquarters, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
9. Capt. William H. Hosack, acting commissary of subsistence Middle Military Division, is hereby relieved from duty at his own request, and will report to Bvt. Maj. Gen. George Crook, commanding Department and Army of West Virginia.
E. B. PARSONS, Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,
All able-bodied male citizens under the age of fifty who may be suspected of aiding, assisting, or belonging to guerrilla bands now infesting the country will be immediately arrested by corps and independent commanders and forwarded to these headquarters as prisoners of war, to be confined in Fort McHenry, Md. A written statement should be forwarded in every case.
By command of Major-General Sheridan:
JAS. W. FORSYTH, Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22D ARMY CORPS, Washington, D. C., August 19, 1864–11.30 a. m.
Major General SHERIDAN,
Commanding Middle Military Division, Charlestown, W. Va.: I have just received your dispatch of 10 p. m. yesterday. The Eighth Illinois Cavalry will all be at Muddy Branch to-day and start immediately on their scout, as you have directed. The river meanwhile will be watched by a provisional battalion of cavalry under Major Fry. Lazelle, with his regiment, is on the upper Rappahannock and will return by the gaps. I get the rumor from a rebel scout that Longstreet in person passed with a large number of troops through Gordonsville last Monday. You probably know by this time if the report be true. I will inform you all that I can learn of what the enemy are doing this side the mountains.
C. C. AUGUR, Major-General, Commanding.
CHARLESTOWN, W. VA., August 19, 1864—10 p. m.
Department of Washington :
(Received 9 a. m. 20th.)
I have the honor to inclose you a copy of a dispatch General Grant in reference to the course to be pursued with the citizens of Loudoun County, Va. You will please order the commanding officer
See Grant to Sheridan, August 16, 3.30 p. m., p. 811.
of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry to carry out the provisions of said instructions as far as lies within his power. All persons arrested you will confine as prisoners of war and at such points within your department as you may deem best, or I will authorize the transfer of them to Fort McHenry. The information which I have received confirms your dispatch that the forces sent from Richmond crossed over into the Valley from Culpeper, with the exception that General Anderson is in command instead of Longstreet. You will please forward frequent reports of the information that you may receive.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22D ARMY CORPS, August 19, 1864.
Commanding Eighth Illinois Cavalry, Muddy Branch: MAJOR: Since my communication to you of the 18th instant circumstances have ensued making it necessary that there be as little delay as practicable in your movements. You should be in Loudoun County as soon as possible.
Very respectfully, major, your most obedient servant,
Col. J. H. TAYLOR,
MUDDY BRANCH, August 19, 1864-6 p. m.
Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:
COLONEL: Your communications of 18th and 19th both just received at once. Have just started inclosure to Major Fry, who will not be able to get my line taken up to-night. I will use utmost exertion in getting started.
COLONEL: I have received no orders to relieve the detachment of
cavalry with me from Camp Stoneman.
pistols. Shall I take them with me?
They are not supplied with
Lieut. Col. J. H. TAYLOR,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY FORCE, Near Fort Buffalo, Va., August 19, 1864.
Chief of Staff and Asst. Adjt. Gen., 22d Army Corps: COLONEL: I have nothing to report except that all has been quiet here since yesterday. Nothing has been heard from Colonel Lazelle aud party.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel Thirteenth New York Cavalry, Comdy. Cavalry Camp.
Maj. C. H. RAYMOND:
POINT LOOKOUT, August 19, 1864-9 a. m.
All quiet. I should like to have the order concerning the One hundred and thirty-ninth Ohio issued as soon as possible fixing the day of leaving. It will have a good effect on the men [to] hear that some of the regiments have already reached home. It will be favorable to re-enlistments.
J. BARNES, Brigadier-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 19, 1864.
Chief of Staff:
Mr. Beardsley, sutler of the Twenty-ninth Maine, was captured last night with five or six soldiers at a house on the pike half a mile to our rear, and subsequently made his escape. He ascertained, I think, pretty conclusively, that Mosby's camp was on the Shenandoah, nearly abreast of the place where he was captured. A considerable party of them are also on the road to our right and rear, where they killed and captured one or two stragglers from my camp. I thought it useful to communicate this information that General Duffié, if he is in the neighborhood, may be after him.
I am, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DETACHMENT 19TH ARMY CORPS,
Near Charlestown, Va., August 19, 1864.
I. In pursuance of verbal instructions heretofore given, one company will be detailed from each brigade of the Nineteenth Army Corps to act as pioneers. They will be equipped with an equal number of axes and spades, according to the strength of the company, and four pickaxes. They will, in addition to these, carry their arms, but will be allowed, at the discretion of the division commanders, to put their knapsacks in the wagons.
II. All detached men in this command will be required to carry their The provost-marshal is directed to arrest all men who are found without arms in violation of this order,
III. All women present with this command will be at once sent to the rear, and none will be allowed to accompany the troops of this command.
By order of Brevet Major-General Emory:
DUNCAN S. WALKER,
HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS,
Commanding 165th New York:
August 19, 1864.
The general commanding directs that you move, after drawing rations, to Flowing Spring, four miles distant, in time to get there by daylight the 20th instant, to escort a forage train, now at Flowing Spring, to this place. It is important that your command arrive at Flowing Spring sufficiently early to start from there with the forage train at daylight.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. CAV., MIDDLE MILITARY DIV., Charlestown, W. Va., August 19, 1864.
1. Major Russell, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, having reported for duty at these headquarters, in compliance with Special Orders, No. 9, headquarters Middle Military Division, dated August 19, 1864, is hereby announced as assistant adjutant-general of th command.
3. Lieut. Col. Henry Page is hereby announced as chief quartermas ter of the cavalry, Middle Military Division, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By order of Brigadier-General Torbert:
GEO. B. SANFORD, Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, Charlestown, W. Va., August 19, 1864. General W. MERRITT,
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: The chief of cavalry directs me to send you the following instructions and information: A train with three days' rations and two days' forage have just started. The supplies will be issued as soon as possible and the trains sent to this point with sufficient escort. Ten wagon-loads of small-arm ammunition is on the train. The teams belong to your old train. Send those you have been using, and, in fact, all trains you can dispense with, to this point. Send at once
requisitions for artillery ammunition. The artillery ammunition train is here, but will be sent to Harper's Ferry in the morning. All trains sent back by you must be here before daylight to-morrow. Arrest all male citizens between the ages of sixteen and fifty years as prisoners of war, and send them to the rear. Send two regiments from Berryville up the road down which General Crook marched as far as Kabletown, returning to their camps by way of Rippon, on the Charlestown and Berryville pike. This force will arrest all citizens (male) found on their route, and will be kept well in hand. Send scouting parties to the front, and report often any information of the enemy, as the majorgeneral commanding is exceedingly anxious. Mosby's men are in some force on the Charlestown and Berryville pike. Attacked this morning a party of 120.
M. A. RENO, Captain and Chief of Staff.
General Emory reports that the guerrillas developed a force of sixty men near Kabletown.
M. A. R.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,
August 19, 1864.
Hereafter brigade commanders will see that armed and organized parties are sent out for forage, and that single persons or small unauthorized squads are not allowed to go out. Several men have thus been captured this morning close to the camps. By command of Brigadier-General Merritt:
A. E. DANA, Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,
Colonel DI CESNOLA:
The general commanding directs that you saddle up at once and be ready to move at a moment's notice.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. A. GORDON,
Captain, Second Cavalry, Assistant Commissary of Musters.
HDQRS. SECOND BRIG., FIRST CAVALRY DIV., August 19, 1864. Regimental commanders will see that the within orders are complied
By order of Colonel Di Cesnola:
Captain and Provost-Marshal.