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Eight. In consequence of the numerous resignations in the Army, the Department does not feel at liberty at present to detail any officers to the duty indicated.

I hope the foregoing will be sufficiently full and satisfactory for your purpose.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, yours, &c.,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 29, 1861.

His Excellency ERASTUS FAIRBANKS,

Governor of Vermont, Montpelier:

DEAR SIR: In answer to your of the 23rd and 24th instant, I have to say that you are hereby authorized to make the change in the place of rendezvous for the Vermont troops according to your request. On being mustered into service your troops will be supplied by the United States with arms, and of the best quality the Government can supply. I regret to say that I am not permitted to sell any of the arms belonging to the Government, and the supply, from causes of which you are aware, is so limited that we find some difficulty in furnishing what are immediately required by the wants of the Government.

Very truly,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 29, 1861.

Honorable ALEXANDER W. RANDALL,

Governor of Wisconsin, Madison:

DEAR SIR: It gives me pleasure to acknowledge your prompt and patriotic response to the requisition of the President for a regiment of troops from your State. Orders will be forwarded by the commanding officer in due time detailing them for such services as the exigency may require.

Very truly, yours,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, April 29, 1861.

JACOB DODSON (colored),

Washington City:

SIR: In reply to your letter of the 23rd instant, I have to say that this Department has no intention at present to call into the service of the Government any colored soldiers.

With respect, &c.,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 13.

Washington, April 30, 1861.

The President directs that all officers of the Army, except those who have entered the service since the 1st instant, taken and subscribe anew