of West Mississippi, off Mobile, for temporary duty; upon the execution of which he will rejoin these headquarters.
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By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. U. S. FORCES AT MOBILE POINT, No. 7. Fort Morgan, Ala., February 27, 1865.
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3. Colonel Conrad Krez, Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, is hereby directed to assume command at once of the Third Brigade, Third Division, Thirteenth Army Corps [Reserve Corps], as announced in Special Orders, No. 43, extract 3, headquarters Military Division of West Mississippi.
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By order of Brigadier General W. P. Benton:
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, 13TH ARMY CORPS, AND U. S. FORCES, No. 3. Dauphin Island, Ala., February 27, 1865.
In obedience to General Orders, No. 1, headquarters Thirteenth Army Corps, of date Fort Gaines, Ala., February 26, 1865, I have this day assumed command of the First Division of said corps. The division staff will be announced in orders.
JAMES C. VEATCH,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF KENTUCKY, No. 5. Louisville, Ky., February 27, 1865.
Officers charged with recruiting colored troops are informed that the use of force or menaces to compel the enlistment of colored men is both unlawful and disgraceful. Several cases of this kind have been reported to these headquarters and are under investigation. The able-bodied men of the State are enrolled, and have the right to volunteer for the service of the country. In this respect there is no difference on account of color. No man can be forced into the service unless in pursuance of law. Any violence or threats toward white or black men to compel them to enlist will be severely punished. No bounty broker will be allowed to accompany any recruiting party or in any other way intermeddle with their operations.
By command of Major-General Palmer:
G. M. BASCOM,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.