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EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Providence, R. I., January 14, 1862.

Brigadier General LORENZO THOMAS,

Adjutant-General LORENZO THOMAS,

Adjutant-General U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 3rd instant, and beg to hand you herewith a communication from the adjutant-general of this State in answer to your inquiries.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. SPRAGUE.

[Indorsement.]

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

February 15, 1862.

Respectfully referred to the Headquarters of the Army.

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure.]

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Providence, R. I., January 14, 1862.

His Excellency Governor SPRAGUE:

MY DEAR SIR: I have the honor, in reply to a communication addressed to Your Excellency by Adjutant-General Thomas, U. S. Army, under date January 3, 1862, to report as follows:

No two-years' volunteers or independent companies have been enlisted in this State. Second Regiment of Infantry, 866 men, left for Washington June 19, 1861. Third Regiment of Infantry, 866 men, left for Fort Hamilton, N. Y., September 7, 1861. First Battalion, Fifth Regiment of Infantry, of 403 men, left for Annapolis December 27, 1861. First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery A, 150 men, left for Washington June 19, 1861; Battery B, 150 men, left for Washington August 14, 1861; Battery C, 150 men, left for Washington August 14, 1861; Battery C, 150 men, left for Washington August 31, 1861; Battery D, 150 men, left for Washington September 15, 1861; Battery E, 150 men, left for Washington October 5, 1861; Battery F, 150 men, left for Washington October 28, 1861; Battery G, 150 men, left for Washington December 2, 1861; Battery H is now recruiting and nearly full, and is being used in recruiting for the seven batteries now in the field. First New England Regiment of Cavalry, eight companies from this State and four companies from New Hampshire, 976 men, has been mustered into the service of the United States, and is about ready to comply with orders to march to York, Pa.

The above regiments have been raised by special authority with the exception of the First Battalion, Fifth Regiment, which was under authority given General Burnside.

The Sixth Regiment of Infantry is now being raised by special authority from the War Department. Two additional companies for the Third Regiment are also being recruited under Special Orders, Numbers 333, from the War Department, constituting it a regiment of heavy artillery.

Very respectfully, Your Excellency's obedient servant,

EDWARD C. MAURAN,

Adjutant-General.