War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0294 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 29, 1865.

Colonel Spear:

The general commanding division directs that you send out a scouting party to the Charles City road. You will direct the officer in command of the party to report in person to the general commanding division for orders to return by Strawberry Plains, &c.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 29, 1865.

Colonel WEST:

The general commanding division directs that you send over a scouting party to the Charles City road, and that you direct the officer in command of the party to report promptly any movement of the enemy that he may discover, and that you report the same to these headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 29, 1865.

Colonel WEST:

By direction of General Kautz, commanding division, I have the honor to inform you that Colonel Evans, commanding third Brigade of Cavalry Division, will move out at daylight to-morrow morning with his command by the Long Bridge road. The general commanding directs that you send a party early to-morrow morning to watch the Charles City road, and to report any movement that may take place on that road during the day.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WHIPPLE,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY DIVISION, ARMY OF THE JAMES,

In the Field, January 29, 1865.

Colonel EVANS:

The general commanding the division directs that you will proceed with the available portion of your command early to-morrow morning by the Long Brigade road as far as the Chickahominy with a view to ascertain if any considerable portion of the enemy has moved eastward toward Williamsburg. Should any column not exceeding your own force have moved out in this direction you will follow it up and endeavor to capture or defeat it, and return as soon as practicable to this command again. Should there be no evidence of any movement eastward of the enemy you will return to your present camp and report