War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0665 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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tributed along the wagon train, and will be responsible for its protection against side attacks. General Duffie's division will form the rear guard of the column, and will be responsible for attacks.

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

[P. G. BIER,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

In the Field, June 23, 1864.

Brigadier General J. C. SULLIVAN,

Commanding First Infantry Division:

GENERAL: The brigade from your division guarding the train to-day will be subject to the orders of Brigadier-General Duffie, commanding rear guard. Please notify the commanding officer of the brigade. A copy of this will be sent General Duffie for his information.

By command of Major-General Hunter:

[P. G. BIER,]

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

New Castle, Va., June 23, 1864.

Brigadier General A. N. DUFFIE,

Commanding First Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: You will immediately fall back on this place with your whole command, except a picket of two squadrons, which you will leave at the junction of the roads leading from here and the Widow Scott's, toward Fincastle. This picket will be left until 3 o'clock this afternoon, when it will join us by the direct road to the Widow Scott's. On your arrival here our rear will be confided to your protection. You will keep well closed up with the train, and be responsible for its safety. An infantry brigade will be distributed through the wagons, a company to every ten wagons.

D. HUNTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

P. S. - On your arrival at New Castle you will send forward an officer to notify me.

D. HUNTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

In the Field, June 23, 1864.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: Proceed, on the arrival of the head of our column, to Sweet Springs Mountain, as you suggest, occupying it strongly this