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sudden exigency may demand. Send in your requisitions for what you want as early as practicable. The general assures you of his confidence, and will render you all the assistance in his power. Report fully by letter, and telegraph anything of importance occurring. General Buford will scout the country from Dumfries to the Rappahannock.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. COHEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 24, 1863.

Brigadier General JOHN BUFORD,

Commanding Reserve Brigade of Cavalry:

GENERAL: I am directed by Brigadier-General Pleasonton to state you will take post with your command near Dumfries, keeping the country in that vicinity and south of it clear of bushwhackers, guerrillas, and rebel scouts. General Gregg's command protects the Rappahannock and the Orange Railroad, and we ought not to be much annoyed by the enemy within that country. If they should be troublesome, it can only proceed from the residents, and they will be made to understand that, unless they preserve order, they and theirs will be treated as enemies in arms, and that the most prompt and summary punishment will be inflicted on them. The residents must be made responsible for the preservation of good order in the districts in which they live. The general desires you will use exertion to place your command in a high state of efficiency at the earliest practicable moment, and keep your command in readiness at all times for any sudden emergency that may arise. The general assures you of his confidence and ernest desire to assist you be all the means in his power. Report fully and frequently by letter, and telegraph anything of importance that occurs.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. J. COHEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,

Numbers 12. May 24, 1863.

I. The Second Cavalry Division and Pennington's battery, Horse Artillery, will proceed on the morning of the 25th to bealeton, and report to Brigadier General D. McM. Gregg, commanding Third Division, for duty.

II. The Reserve Brigade of Cavalry, under Brigadier-General Buford, and Elder's battery of Horse Artillery, will proceed on the morning of the 25th instant to Dumfries.

III. Until further orders the Artillery Brigade is broken up. Batteries unassigned will report direct to these headquarters.

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V. Hereafter no enlisted man of cavalry will be permitted to take upon his horse anything except his arms, the rations of forage and subsistence ordered, one blanket besides the saddle blanket, and that under the saddle, and an overcoat.

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By command of Brigadier-General Pleasonton:

A. J. ALEXANDER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.