War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0496 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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to cover the cost of their outfit. It is necessary to have authority from the War Department for the issue of clothing in such a manner, and the adjutant-general apprehends great trouble if it is not permitted. Will you please reply, that he may inform the committee at Reading of your decision to-day?

AMBROSE THOMPSON,

Lieutenant Colonel,

Chief Quartermaster Dept. Susquehanna.

HEADQUARTERS Department of the Susquehanna, Harrisburg, Pa., July 2, 1863.

Brigadier General LORENZO THOMAS,

Adjutant-General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: The colored company recruited in this city for six months' service refused by unanimous vote to be mustered in with white officers. Is it not the understanding that they should have white officers? It would certainly make them far more efficient. I am, general, very respectfully, yours,

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General, Commanding.

CLARKSBURG, W. VA., July 2, 1863-11 p. m. (Received 3. 25 a. m. July 3.)

Colonel TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Colonel Harris, Tenth [West] Virginia, at Beverly, reported to-day the approach of Colonel [W. L.] Jackson in considerable force. I ordered General Averell to advance from Grafton to his relief. Telegraph to Beverly ceased to work at noon to-day, since which time I am without news from there.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, Numbers 22

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE SUSQUEHANNA,

Harrisburg, July 2, 1863.

I. Major General J. Stahel, U. S. Volunteers, having reported in accordance with Special Orders, No. 174, War Department, June 28, 1863, is hereby placed in command of all the cavalry of this department.

II. Colonel W. W. Wright, superintendent U. S. military railroads, is hereby appointed superintendent of railroad transportation in this department.

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By command of Major General D. N. COUCH:

JNO. S. SCHULTZE,

Major, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 177

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

Baltimore, July 2, 1863.

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IX. The First Regiment Eastern Shore Maryland Volunteers was recruited in 1861 for three years or the war, but, under authority