SPECIAL HDQRS. FIRST DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, FIELD ORDERS,
MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 5.
Selma, Ala., April 8, 1865.
I. In compliance with paragraph IV, Special Field Orders, Numbers 15, from headquarters Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi, Lieutenant A. J. Jones, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry, is hereby detailed to take charge of an organize into companies all able-bodied negro men who may join the command and are willing to serve as soldiers, and have them mustered as soon as possible.
II. He will collect all such negroes, and habitually camp and march them with the wagon train, unless otherwise ordered. He will reports weekly to these headquarters the number enrolled.
III. Colonel O. H. La Grande, commanding Second Brigade, will furnish a sufficient detail to Lieutenant Joes, and give every assistance in his power to aid in the execution of this order.
By command of Brigadier General E. M. McCook:
JOHN M. BACON,
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
SELMA, ALA., April 8, 1865.
Colonel O. H. LA GRANDE,
Commanding Second Brigade:
You will have your brigade at the pontoon bridge at 12 o'clock to-night ready to cross as soon as General Upton's troops relinquish the bridge. The pickets will remain where they are until further orders, and you will send a small party as patrol into each of the roads leading into this place to patrol them until ordered in. All the troops will be crossed before any wagons, except artillery. Send your inspector over to elect a temporary camp for you.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. M. McCOOK,
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIL. DIV. OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Selma, April 8, 1865.
Commanding First Brigade, Fourth Division, Cavalry Corps:
GENERAL: Out of the stock to be left behind or shot select twenty-five horses, to be turned over to the Confederate surgeons to replace those taken from them. General Forrest allowed our surgeon to retain their horses, and this is reciprocal act of courtesy.
By command of Brevet Major-General Wilson:
E. B. BEAUMONT,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.