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those regiments should be unwilling to serve for three years, or during the war, could they not be got to consent to have their places filled by others who are willing so to serve, and thus enable the regiments to be mustered into service during the war?

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

COLUMBUS, OHIO, May 7, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

I hope you will accept the two Kentucky regiments now in camp near Cincinnati.

W. DENNISON,

Governor.

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 7, 1861.

Governor ANDREW G. CURTIN,

Harrisburg, Pa.:

Your dispatch of yesterday is at hand, and I have the honor to reply that this Department recognizes no divided authority, and that its authority is paramount to that of General Patterson, who in making the requisition upon you acted without its knowledge or advice.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

HARRISBURG, PA., May 7, 1861.

Governor ANDREW G. CURTIN,

Harrisburg, Pa.:

Your dispatch of yesterday is at hand, and I have the honor to reply that this Department recognizes no divided authority, and that its authority is paramount to that of General Patterson, who in making the requisition upon you acted without its knowledge or advice.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

HARRISBURG, PA., May 7, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

The troops are all mustered into the service of the United States for three months, and any change in the time of service can only be made by Federal authority. I have no power to change the relations of the Government and would not interfere. We can fill our quota of the call for three years immediately if the order is made.

A. G. CURTIN,

Governor of Pennsylvania.

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 7, 1861.

His Excellency Governor CURTIN:

The troops at Harrisburg will be much increased within a very few days. I beg for them your most generous hospitality.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 7, 1861.

Governor SPRAGUE:

His Excellency Governor Sprague, of Rhode Island, is hereby authorized to raise one regiment of infantry, to be mustered into the service of the United States for three years, unless sooner discharged; and his offer to furnish a battery of light artillery, in addition to the one now serving with the Rhode Island troops in this city, is hereby accepted.