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ligence of the officers so appointed, the grater the efficiency of the troops and the resulting glory to their respective States.

Respectfully,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

(Same to Governors of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, and Nebraska.)

HARRISBURG, PA., May 22, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War:

We are about to forward fifteen regiments under our late law and desire to muster them into service. Will you please to permit Captain Simmons or Captain Hastings to do the duty for us? It is important it should be commenced in the morning. Answer.

A. G. CURTIN,

Governor of Pennsylvania.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 22, 1861.

His Excellency WILLIAM SPRAGUE,

Governor of Rhode Island:

DEAR SIR: It is the desire of this Department that as soon as the Second Regiment of Rhode Island Volunteers are ready to be mustered into service and ready to move forward, you will please take charge of the same and bring them on to this city by railroad, via New Jersey Central, East Pennsylvania, Lebanon, and Northern Central Railroads.

Very respectfully,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, May 22, 1861.

Honorable ERASTUS FAIRBANKS,

Saint Johnsbury, Vt.:

DEAR SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th instant, and beg leave to say in reply that but one regiment of cavalry is to be raised under the proclamation of the President calling for volunteers, and that regiment will be assigned to the Western States.

Respectfully, yours, &c.,

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 23, 1861.

To all whom it may concern:

Colonel Thomas A. Scott has been appointed to take charge of all Government railways and telegraphs or those appropriated for Government use.

All instructions in relation to extending roads or operating the same on Government account must emanate from his department.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.