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GENERAL ORDERS, WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 47.

Washington, July 25, 1861.

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II. All officers of volunteer regiments will be subject to examination by a military board, to be appointed by this Department with the concurrence of the General-in-Chief,as to their fitness for the positions assigned them.

Those officers found to be incompetent will be rejected, and the vacancies thus occasioned will be filled by the appointment of such persons as may have passed the examination before the board.

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By order:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

NEW HAVEN, CONN., July 25, 1861.

Honorable SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

I sent one battery to Rhode Island some days ago. Have ordered all other rifled cannon sent you at once.

WM. A. BUCKINGHAM,

Governor.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

July 25, 1861.

The SECRETARY OF WAR:

MY DEAR SIR: I inclose you a copy of a dispatch sent last night to the Governor of Illinois by direction of the President.

Very truly, yours,

F. W. SEWARD.

[Inclosure.]

Governor RICHARD YATES,

Springfield, Ill.:

Your sixteen regiments of infantry and battalion of artillery will be accepted, on the same terms as those from other States, if already organized and promptly sent forward; but time is more valuable than numbers of regiments. Be rapid in action and report as soon as possible.

By order of the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

July 25, 1861.

Governor RICHARD YATES,

Springfield, Ill.:

Will accept thirteen additional infantry regiments, three additional cavalry regiments, and additional light artillery battalion. If you so desire, you can provide for and equip these regiments if you can do so at once. Will write to-day.

SIMON CAMERON,

Secretary of War.