War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0142 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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vania may continue. The present movement is but the execution of Jeff. Davis' original plan to make Pennsylvania and the loyal States the theater of war. The rebels are encouraged be the hope of assistance and encouragement held out to them by opposition to the war and resistance to the enrollment in Pennsylvania. The law has fixed the period for which troops shall be called. If the emergency is over before that time, they can be discharged; but as human foresight cannot say how long it may take to drive out the rebels, especially if they should find aid and comfort in Pennsylvania, the President thinks he must obey the law.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

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NORWICH, CONN., June 15, 1863.

(Received 8. 05 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

I regret that we have not in Connecticut an organized militia which can be turned over to the President. Whether volunteers can probably be obtained I will advise you to-morrow.

WM. A. BUCKINGHAM,

Governor of Connecticut.

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PROVIDENCE, R. I., June 15, 1863.

(Received 8 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

I have sent a special messenger, Major Sandford, to see you. Could probably furnish 2, 000 or 3, 000 men.

JAMES Y. SMITH,

Governor of Rhode Island.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

June 15, 1863-8. 10 p. m.

His Excellency JAMES Y. SMITH,

Providence, R. I.:

Please accept the thanks of the Department for your prompt reply. You will please organize immediately, and forward to Harrisburg, Pa., all the troops you can raise, directing them to report to Major-General Couch, Commander of the department.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

June 15, 1863-8. 15 p. m.

Governor BUCKINGHAM,

Norwich, Conn.:

If you can raise even a singly regiment of volunteers, please do so, and forward it to Philadelphia, to report to Major-General Couch, commanding that department.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.