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SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 167.

Washington, May 4, 1864.

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52. Major T. A. Meysenburg, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, will report in person, without delay, to the commanding general Department of West Virginia, for assignment to duty.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MARTINSBURG, May 4, 1864.

(Received 5 p. m.)

Colonel G. H. SHARPE,

Provost-Marshal:

An officer just in from General Sigel reports his headquarters at Strasburg. Outposts at Woodstock. Nothing new at his point, and he is steadily advancing. I return to Harper's Ferry to-morrow.

JOHN McENTEE,

Captain and Provost-Marshal.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY BRIGADE,

Arricania Court-House, May 4, 1864.

Captain WILL RUMSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cavalry Division:

SIR: The road up Island Creek is not picketed. I would respectfully request that Colonel Oley be ordered to send a company to picket this road. Already 1 man and 2 horses of some command have been captured some three-fourths of a mile up this creek, they having straggled on this road. There seems to be a small squad of bushwhackers up there. I have sent out a squad of about twenty men to overtake, attack, and capture these marauders. My men are now engaged with them, as I supposed, from the firing I hear. I do not wish to do this picket duty if it can be avoided.

I am, captain, very respectfully, &c.,

A. N. DUFFIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

In the Field, near Winchester, Va., May 4, 1864.

Lieutenant C. W. HASKINS,

First New York (Veteran) Cavalry, Bunker Hill, Va.:

LIEUTENANT: Your dispatch to Captain Putnam is received. The general commanding directs that I say to you that you will probably be relieved to-day or to-morrow, in which case you will report with all your men to these headquarters. While at Bunker Hill you should send out frequently scouting parties to find out whether the