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cessity for going farther south being thus obviated we retraced our Eighth expedition to the Dan River and return. steps to Petersburg, from which place I proceeded by steamer to Washington, leading the cavalry to be marched thither by easy stages. The day after my arrival in Washington an important order was sent me, accompanied by the following letter of instructions, transferring me to a new field of operations: headquarters armies of the United States. Washington, D. C., May 17, 1865. General: Under the orders relieving you from the command of the Middle Military Division and assigning you to command west of the Mississippi, you will proceed without delay to the West to arrange all preliminaries for your new field of duties. Your duty is to restore Texas, and that part of Louisiana held by the enemy, to the Union in the shortest practicable time, in a way most effectual for securing permanent peace. To do this, you will be given all the troops that can be s