to furnish the necessary men and supplies. Ord did not mention his invention. Copy, DLC-Robert T. Lincoln.
In field, Culpepper C. H. Va, March 29th 1864
MAJ. GEN. FRANZ SIGEL
My object in ordering Gen. Crook here was with a view of learning from him the character of the country and roads in West Virgina, and to determine the practicability of ordering a cooperative movement from your Department, in connection with other movements, which will take place from other Departments. Whilst the long line of railroad you have to guard may require all the force you have, as opposing Armies now stand, for a movement towards the enemy, it looks to me that almost everything except a small force judiciously distributed for the protection of the most important bridges, might be spared. I would direct therefore that you collect at Beverly all the force you can spare, not less than eight thousand infantry, three batteries of Artillery and fifteen hundred picked cavalry, to make a southward move. This force is to be exclusive of that now commanded by Gen. Crook.
The concentration of this force at Beverly, should commence at once and when ready reported to me by telegraph. I will direct the date of their departure here after and the point at which they will strike making this movement simultaneous and cooperative with movements elsewhere. Troops should be required to travel as light as possible, and to live off the country where it can be done. In this latter case however indiscriminate marauding should be avoided. Nothing should be taken not absolutely necessary for the