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condition to join in the expedition which you are about to start on. you are therefore at liberty to order General West's brigade, whose horses are fresh, to join your command, if you see proper. Report at once by telegraph what you decision in the matter is.

P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY FORCES, MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI,

Blakely, April 17, 1865.

Major General P. J. OSTERHAUS,

Mobile:

I shall see General Lucas by to-morrow and inspect him command, and if not in condition to move with me I will order it back and have Genera West follow me. I am waiting here now for commissary stores which should have been shipped over yesterday from Mobile.

B. H. GRIERSON,

Brevet Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY FORCES, MIL. DIV. OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 3.

Blakely, Ala., April 17, 1865.

In the impeding movement, when it becomes necessary to forage upon the country, parties of not less than twenty-five men will be organized under commissioned officers for this purpose. No enlisted men will be allowed to enter a house without special permission from brigade commanders. Straggling and pillaging are positively prohibited, and will be punished with the utmost severity. This order will be read to the troops of this command, and regimental and company commanders will be held responsible for its strict enforcement.

By order of Byt. Major General B. H. Grierson:

S. L. WOODWARD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY FORCES, FIELD ORDERS,

MILITARY DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Numbers 2.

Blakely, Ala., April 17, 1865.

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II. Colonel Joseph Karge will assume command of the Second Brigade, with the addition of the Second New Jersey Cavalry.

III. Paragraph I of Special Field Orders, Numbers 1, from these headquarters, is hereby revoked. Brigadier General Joseph F. Knipe is, by his own request, relieved from command of the Second Brigade, Cavalry Forces, Military Division of West Mississippi, and will report for orders to Major General E. R. S. Canby.

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By order of Byt. Major General B. H. Grierson:

S. L. WOODWARD,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.