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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 9, 1864-8 a. m.

Brigadier-General TORBERT,

Chief of Cavalry:

GENERAL: Have the division of General Merritt and the command of Colonel Lowell at once supplied with three days' rations from to-morrow morning, to be carried on the person, and two days' forage for the animals (this amount will be required to last five days). Then send all your wagons, "except one wagon for division headquarters and one wagon for brigade headquarters," inside the line of works at Bolivar Heights, to be there snugly parked, and to rejoin when ordered from these headquarters.

I am, very respectfully,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding Reserve Brigade:

SIR: Brigadier-General Torbert directs that you send a strong scouting party to Middleburg to collect information of the enemy, and make a report of the same as soon as possible.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. GOLDSMITH,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT:

Inclosed you will find the order of march for to-morrow. Be in readiness to move at the time specified. I will be out some time to-night. Send for Colonel Lowell and give him his instructions.

Yours, &c.,

A. T. A. TORBERT,

Brigadier-General Volunteers, Chief of Cavalry.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 9, 1864.

General MERRITT,

Commanding First Division:

Have your command at once supplied with three days' rations from to-morrow morning and two days' forage (this amount to last five days). All of your wagons, except one wagon and light wagon to division headquarters, and one wagon and ambulance to brigade headquarters, will be sent inside of the works at Bolivar Heights, to be snugly parked, to join us when sent for from these headquarters. A good officer will be left in charge of the train. Colonel Cole, with his regiment of Maryland cavalry, will be, or has been, ordered to report to Colonel Lowell. Be ready to move to-morrow morning.

Your, &c.,

A. T. A. TORBERT,

Brigadier-General Volunteers, Chief of Cavalry