War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0117 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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The general directs me to say that the strength of the force to guard this line must depend upon circumstances, of which you must be the judge, as you will be held responsible that the duty is properly and thoroughly performed.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. ALEXANDER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 60.

Camp near Falmouth, Va., March 2, 1863.

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VI. Brigadier General Joshua T. Owen, volunteer service, is assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Division, Second Corps, this assignment to have effect from the date he assumed command of that brigade.

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By command of Major-General Hooker:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DUMFRIES, March 2, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The Twelfth Illinois Cavalry have the proper orders to go. This leaves us without a single cavalryman of any use whatever to this post. In regard to protecting the telegraph line, it cannot be done without cavalry to patrol on the Telegraph road, and as soon as the bushwhackers and rebel cavalry find out that we have no patrols on the road, they will turn the right of the Eighth New York Cavalry's picket-line and have everything their own way. As for protecting this place, we have no doubt but what we have sufficient force within ourselves, and ask no more. We should have cavalry at our disposal to make this post of any service whatever.

W. R. CREIGHTON,

Colonel, Commanding Post.

STAFFORD COURT-HOUSE,

March 2, 1863.

Captain C. H. POTTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Please inform the post at Wolf Run Shoals that my command will probably cross to-night, and instruct them not to obstruct us.

P. WYNDHAM,

Colonel, &c.

UNION MILLS, VA.,

March 2, 1863.

Captain C. H. POTTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Your telegram in regard to Colonel Wyndham's move is received.* Numerous signals or camp-fires were observed last night in the passes

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*Probably copy of Wyndham to Potter, same date.

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