War of the Rebellion: Serial 123 Page 0708 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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Your request in reference to the mustering of surgeons and issue of rations has been complied with.

The subject of impressing drafted men is referred to the judge advocate, Colonel Holt.

C. P. BUCKINGHAM,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HARRISBURG, PA., October 31, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Order No. 121 is not clear upon the payment of transportation other than by railroads or steam-boats. In our border counties men had to be transported in wagons and the quartermasters decline paying bills unless further instructed. Please have the order made directing the payment of such bills. They have been transported cheaper than by railroads.

A. G. CURTIN.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., October 31, 1862.

Governor CURTIN,

Harrisburg:

Instructions will be given the quartermasters according to your request.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., October 31, 1862.

His Excellency Governor SALOMON,

Madison, Wis.:

Drafted men may volunteer for three years or the war into regiments organized previous to July and receive advance pay and bounty, but no premium. Recruits for new regiments cannot receive advance pay and bounty unless the regiments have been reduced in battle.

You are authorized to use the troops in your State when necessary to enforce the draft. Walter D. McIndoe has been appointed provost-marshal for Wisconsin.

By order of Secretary of War:

C. P. BUCKINGHAM,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

OFFICE OF CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION,

U. S. MILITARY RAILROADS,

Washington, D. C., November 1, 1862.

Suggestions as to the most expeditious mode of destroying bridges and locomotive engines.

A simple and expeditious mode of destroying bridges and rendering locomotive engineers useless to an enemy is often a desideratum. Cavalry