LEWISBURG, May 31, 1864.
[COMMANDING GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA:]
Left Meadow Bluff this morning. Except to be in Staunton in about six days. We can get plenty of fresh beef in this country, but the other necessary supplies cannot be obtained in the country, even if every pounds was taken from the people. I shall, however, drain the country of all supplies as I pass through. Owing to the miserable transportation sent me here my command is in very low state. I shall insist on having an investigation of this matter, so as to have guilty parties punished. It came very near making the whole expedition a failure. It will be indispensably necessary to have to meet me at Staunton the following articles of supplies: Fifty kegs of horseshoes, 1,500 pounds of horseshoe nails, 500 hats, 1,000 blouses, 1,000 pants, 1,500 shirts, 2,000 pairs drawers, 3,000 pairs socks, 2,000 pairs boots, 1,000 haversacks, 1,000 canteens, 500 ponchos, for the Second Cavalry Division. Two thousand pairs infantry pants, 5,000 pairs stockings, 2,000 pairs shoes, 1,200 pairs drawers, 3,000 shirts, 3,000 blouses, 3,000 hats, 3,000 canteens, 3,000 haversacks, 50 kegs fitted horseshoes, 25 kegs fitted mule shoes, 10 sacks horseshoe nails, 100 6-mule wagons with teams complete, with forage for 1,500 animals, for the Second Infantry Division. One hundred thousand rations hard bread, coffee, sugar, salt, half rations salt meat. Send to the medical director field supplies of medicine, dressings, applications, stimulants, anti-periodics, astringents, morphia, anesthetics, antiscorbutic, fruit, vegetables, and extracts, of Government and Sanitary Commission, sufficient for eight cavalry regiments and twelve infantry.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Near New Market, May 31, 1864.
Major General JULIUS STAHEL,
Commanding Cavalry Division, Army of the Shenandoah:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding instructs me to request that you will be kind enough to order Cole's cavalry to report to him for special duty early to-morrow morning (June 1). The commanding officer of Cole's cavalry will please report in person to General Hunter this evening for orders.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
P. G. BIER,
HDQRS. FIRST NEW YORK VETERAN CAVALRY,
Near New Market, Va., May 31, 1864.
Lieutenant E. C. WATKINS,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, First Brigadier, First Cav. Div.:
SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith the report of Lieutenant E. H. Brady, commanding left division of my picket-line, in relation to an attack upon one of his outposts made by the enemy between
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