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After Sheridan's engagements in the Shenandoah valley at Clifton and Berryville, he decided to dispense almost entirely with the use of civilians and alleged Confederate deserters, and to depend entirely on Union scouts.
For this purpose he organized a scout battalion recruited entirely from soldiers who volunteered for this dangerous duty.
These troopers were disguised in the Confederate uniform when necessary, and were paid from secret-service funds.
Cavalry to keep the peace — the Oneida company
Cavalrymen playing cards, washing, smoking pipes, whittling sticks, indolently leaning against a tree, do not fulfill the usual conception of that dashing arm of the service.
These are the Oneida Cavalry, used as provost-guards and orderlies throughout the war. Not a man of them was killed in battle, and the company lost only ten by disease.
This does not mean that they did not do their full share of the work, but merely that they exemplified the indifference or ignorance on the