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The statement shows a deficiency under the calls of 3,301 three- years" men arising as follows:

DR.

Quota under call of 1861.............................. 34,868

Total under call for 300,000 volunteers, July 2, 1862. 19,080

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Total called for...................................... 53,948

CR.

Furnished under call of 1861:

31 regiments infantry................................. 26,148

Cavalry............................................... 1,857

Artillery (8 batteries)............................... 1,235

Sharpshooters......................................... 208

Recruits to August, 1862.............................. 2,279

Under call of 1863 for 300,000 volunteers:

9 regiments infantry.................................. 10,123

5 batteries artillery, 3 companies heavy artillery.... 1, 187

Recruits since August, 1862........................... 5,209

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Total furnished....................................... 48,246

Deficiency............................................ 5,702

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53,948

These are all three years" men.

Of nine-months" men the quota under call of 300,000 militia per General Ordes, Numbers 94, is 19,080.

Furnished 16 regiments infantry....................... 16,685

Deficiency............................................ 2,395

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19,080

Reducing nine-months" to three-years" men, 2,395 nine-months" men equal to 599 three-years" men. Deficiency in three-years" men, 5,702. Total deficiency, 6,301 in terms of three-years" men.

Now, this deficiency cannot all be charged to the towns which are not included in the lists of July 25 and 27.

It is understood that there are 341 towns in Massachusetts, and it would appear that of them all but forty-four are in excess. You will therefore perceive that egret discrepancy between the records of the adjutant-general of Massachusetts and the muster- rolls on file in the Adjutant-General's Office in this city. This doubtless aries from the fact that men raised in towns of Massachusetts have not been mustered and have never really been in the service of the United States, and the only plan I devise to arrive at means of ascertaining the real number of men to be credited to any town will be to compare the names of all the men the town calism to have raised with the names of all the men mustered into the U. S. service from those towns, as shown by the muster-rolls. This could be done by sending here the adjutant- general of the State with the list of names, and though it would involve considerable labor, I think with the facilities which could and would be cheerfully rendered here an accurate list of the exact number furnished and mustered into the service from each town could be obtained. Of the importance of having such a list it is hardly necessary to speak, as it would afford a satisfactory basis for the settlement of present questions at issue and id inthe determination of any that may arise.

It is proper to state also that the deficiency of 6,301 has not been considered in making up the quotas under the present draft.

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

JAS. B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.