Military duty, or service endangering them to capture by the Confederate forces, will not be exacted from such as give themselves up to the U. S. military authorities.
Deserters who bring arms, horses, mules, or other property into our lines with them will, on delivering the same to the Quartermaster's department, receive in money the highest price such arms, horses, mules, and other property are worth.
Railroad employes, telegraph operators, mechanics, and other civilians employed by the Confederate authorities who desert from their present employment and come into the Federal lines will be entitled to all the benefits and immunities of this order. By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
CIRCULAR, WAR DEPARTMENT, PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 31. Washington, August 31, 1864.
Deserters from the rebel army are not subject to enrollment or draft, nor are they acceptable as substitutes or recruits.
JAMES B. FRY,
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, March 4, 1865.
Colonel GEORGE D. RUGGLES:
I have the honor to report all quiet on this front for past twenty-four hours.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General of Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, March 4, 1865. [Received 10.35 a.m.]
Nothing of importance has occurred within my lines during past twenty-four hours. Sixteen deserters from the enemy, eight bringing their arms.
H. G. WRIGHT,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, March 4, 1865.
Nothing new to report this a.m.
JNO. G. PARKE,
HDQRS. SECOND CAVALRY DIV., ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, March 4, 1865.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
COLONEL: I forward to the provost-marshal three deserters from Graham's battery, Dearing's brigade, Lee's cavalry division. They