29 September 1861: “All battery & cavalry horses when not on expeditions will be grazed as much as practicable.”

Item description: General Orders No. 58, dated 29 September 1861, conferring command to Major James B. Walton (1813–1885). The second portion of the order gives instructions for grazing military horses.

Item citation: From folder 18 of the Boykin Family Papers (#78), Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

HdQrs, 1st Corps Army of the Potomac

Fairfax C.H. Sept. 29th 1861

General Orders

No. 58

Major J.B. Walton Battalion of Light Artillery will take part with as little delay as practicable at or near these HdQrs from which he will receive his orders direct as heretofore. In addition to his other duties he is announced as the Chief of Artillery of this Army Corps on and after the 1st proximo and will be obeyed accordingly in his arm of the service.

II. All battery & cavalry horses when not on expeditions will be grazed as much as practicable. It is believed that this may be done with great benefit and under such guard and arrangements that the grazing animals may at all times be promptly collected and caught when wanted.

III. Proper arrangements for fields and grazing ground must be made by the officers of the Quarter Master Department.

By comd of Genl. Beauregard

(signed) Thomas Jordan, A.A. Genl.


C.R. Holmes, A.A.A. Genl.

Capt. Boykin

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