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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS, Numbers 8.

Camp near Winchester, Va., May 5, 1864.

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3. The detachments of Sixth Regiment West Virginia Mounted Infantry, now serving in First Cavalry Division and at Martinsburg, W. Va, and Remount Camp, Pleasant Valley, Md., are hereby relieved from their present duties, and will report without delay for temporary duty to Brigadier General Max Weber, Harper's Ferry, W. Va. The detachment stationed at Beverly will remain there until further orders.

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By command of Major-General Stahel:

THOS. H. WELLSTED,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Camp near Winchester, May 5, 1864.

Lieutenant THOMAS H. WELLSTED,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report, for the information of the major-general commanding, the scouts sent from these headquarters through the Shenandoah Valley have returned. They report seeing no force of the enemy, except a number of small bands of bushwhackers and guerrillas.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. F. TAYLOR,

Colonel, Commanding First Cavalry Division.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS,

Camp near Winchester, Va., May 6, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded for the information of the major-general commanding the department.

JUL. STAHEL,

Major-General.

[Second indorsement.]

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA.

Respectfully returned to Major-General Stahel.

This report does not state how far the scouts have been down the Valley, which is the most important thing for me to know. If a report is received and forwarded, the following rules should be observed: First, how far (stating the exact point) the scouts have been; second, at what time they left that point on their way back; third, the time of their arrival in camp, besides such other information as may be important for commanding officers to know.

F. SIGEL,

Major-General.

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