WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, June 18, 1863.
GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT,
SIR: In answer to your letter of the 13th instant I am directed to inform you as follows:
First. It is the intention of the Department to fill the regiments in the field with either volunteers (for three years or during the war) or drafted men, or both, depending on circumstances.
Second. Regiments now reduced to one-half the maximum will probably not be consolidated, as the Department hopes to fill them.
Third. Any colored troops which may be raised in your States under authority from the War Department will be duly credited to the quota from your State. The question as to their consolidation with other regiments cannot yet be answered.
I have the honor to be, &c.,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
[JUNE 18, 1863.- For correspondence relating to raising troops in New Hampshire, see Gilmore to Stanton, Series I, Vol. XXVII, Part III, p. 206.]
[JUNE 18, 1863.- For correspondence relating to raising troops in New York, see Sandford to Stanton; Sprague to Stanton; Stanton to Sprague, Series I, Vol. XXVII, Part III, p. 205.]
Washington City, June 18, 1863.
The U. S. mustering officer at Harrisburg is directed to muster in General Ewen's brigade of New York troops for thirty days, reckoning from the date of their departure from New York. The brigadier-generals in command will also be mustered as such according to their respective rank. Corresponding order has been issued by the Adjutant-General.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
ACTG. ASST. PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Elmira, N. Y., June 18, 1863.
Colonel JAMES B. FRY,
COLONEL: I inclose you copy of a letter this day sent by me to the judge of the county court of this county. Will you give it your earliest possible attention? The hearing in this particular case that induced me to write this is adjourned until the 27th, before which time I am anxious to hear from you. You will see if we are to allow