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on of said oath to persons taking it for any other than the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority. To all persons who have or shall voluntarily come forward and take the oath, with the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority, full protection, and all the benefits of the Amnesty Proclamation will be extended. 3. Commanders and all military officers will exercise strict vigilance within their respective commands, in order to detect and bring to punishment any officer, civil, military or naval, who knowingly and wilfully has administered or shall administer the said oath to any person or persons, except the insurgent enemies, who are, by the proclamation of the twenty-sixth of March, entitled to the benefits of said amnesty proclamation, by reason of their taking the oath for the purpose of restoring peace and establishing the national authority. By order of the Secretary of War. E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Respectfully yours, George G. Meade, Major-General U. S. A., Commanding. Colonel T. S. Bowers, Assistant Adjutant General. General Sheridan's report. cavalry headquarters, May 16, 1865. General — I have the honor to submit the following narrative of the operations of my command during the recent campaign in front of Petersburg and Richmond, terminating with the surrender of the rebel Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox Court-house, Virginia, on April 9, 1865: On March twenty-sixth my command, consisting of the First and Third cavalry divisions, under the immediate command of Brevet Major-General Wesley Merritt, crossed the James river by the bridge at Jones' landing, having marched from Winchester, in the Shenandoah valley, via White House, on the Pamunkey river. On March twenty-seventh this command went into camp near Hancock station, on the military railroad in front of Petersburg, and on the same day the Second cavalry division, which had been serving with
of twenty-nine miles. After this hard day's march, during which we crossed Big Bear creek, and other troublesome streams, went into camp without forage. March twenty-sixth. Marched to Kansas. twenty-five miles, passing through Eldridge, and crossing New river. Found plenty of forage and quite a number of loyal people. Marles. March twenty-fifth. March resumed. Brigades united and camped at Clear Creek Falls — distance thirty miles. Country almost destitute of forage. March twenty-sixth. General Winslow was directed to move via Bartonville and Hanly's mill toward Elyton; General Alexander and train via Jasper and Democrat. General Winsloed on a branch of the Buttahachie river; General Upton with the Fourth division was a considerable distance in advance. General McCook guarded the rear. March twenty-sixth. Started at an early hour and marched twenty-five miles to Blackwater creek; weather continued to be pleasant. The country like all yet passed over is bar