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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 12. Baltimore, Md., June 20, 1862.

I. The Twelfth Regiment New York State Militia (exclusive of Company A) will march to-day for Harper's Ferry. Upon the arrival of the regiment at that place, the colonel will report to Colonel D. S. Miles, commanding, for duty. All unnecessary baggage will be left behind. Major James Belger, quartermaster, U. S. Army, will provide the necessary transportation.

By command of Major-General Wool:

W M. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 57. Baltimore, Md., August 8, 1862.

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VIII. The troops at Hagerstown, Williamsport, and Frederick, Md., are placed under command or Colonel Dixon S. Miles, commanding at Harper's Ferry, Va. Captain Perkins, First Vermont Cavalry, is relieved from duty at Hagerstown, and will proceed to join his regiment without delay.

By command of Major-General Wool:

W M. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

Baltimore, Md., August 22, 1862.

Colonel DIXON S. MILES,

Commanding Railroad Brigade, Harper's Ferry, Va.:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you will ascertain, without delay, the quantity of ammunition in the hands of the troops, and if not supplied with at least 100 rounds per man, to cause immediate requisition to be made for sufficient to furnish them with that quantity. The utmost vigilance and activity in the protection of the railroad is expected from all the troops stationed along it for lance and activity in the protection of the railroad is expected from all the troops stationed along it for its defense.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W M. D. WHIPPLE:

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BALTIMORE, August 24, 1862.

Colonel MILES, Harper's Ferry:

You will relieve no regiment without an order from these headquarters.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

Baltimore, August 24, 1862.

Colonel DIXON S. MILES, Harper's Ferry:

COLONEL: You will inform me by return mail to what regiment the cavalry captured by the enemy belonged. It appears to me that these men are wholly unworthy of trust, as they were taken while at dinner. I hope you will be careful in your selection of men sent out on picket. I all such cases you ought to select an officer in whom you have full confidence, and with instructions to guard against surprise. I will send, in a day or two, a regiment of cavalry in which you can confide.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 25, 1862.

Lieutenant-Colonel WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The enemy's cavalry are increasing on Winchester road. Trains have to be guarded by infantry escort. To run the road with safety much longer will require a cavalry regiment, and I hope one will be sent me immediately.

D. S. MILES,

Colonel Second Infantry

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 77. Baltimore, Md., August 28, 1862.

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VII. Major R. S. Rodgers, Second Regiment Eastern Shore of Maryland Volunteers, will repair to Harper's Ferry, Va., and report to Colonel Dixon S. Miles, Second U. S. Infantry, for duty in the construction of a block-house on Maryland Heights, above the battery, in order to protect it from a flank movement of the enemy, and prevent him from taking possession of the heights.

By command of Major-General Wool:

W M. D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BALTIMORE, September 2, 1862.

Colonel MILES, Harper's Ferry:

I have received your dispatch. Be on the lookout and keep up a vigilant reconnaissance. Let me know what is passing.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.