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from the disgrace of a bloody riot. It is very desirable that a considerable portion of the troops to come here should arrive by Monday morning. Another battery of artillery is needed. The draft will commence without fail on Wednesday.

JNO. A. DIX,

Major-General.

CHAMBERSBURG, PA., August 14, 1863.

Colonel J. B. FRY:

Can"t you direct that drafted men who are now serving as State militia need not report to district provost-marshal until ten days after their regiment is mustered out of service?

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., August 14, 1863.

Major General D. N. COUCH,

Commanding Department of the Susquehanna, Chambersburg, Pa.:

In reply to your telegram, I cannot direct that drafted men serving in State militia need not report.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., August 14, 1863.

Colonel JAMES V. BOMFORD,

Actg. Asst. Provost-Marshal-General, Harrisburg, Pa.:

We are aware of state of affairs, but have no troops to send you. Unless Couch can send you re-enforcements, do not involve yourself further than is justified by your present strength.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., August 14, 1863.

His Excellency JAMES Y. SMITH,

Governor of Rhode Island, Providence, R. I.:

SIR: I am instructed by the Secretary of War to inform you that you are hereby authorized to raise one battalion of artillery, to consist of four companies, to be composed of colored men, to be mustered into the U. S. service for three years or during the war.

To these troops no bounties will be paid.;

The organization of the battalion must conform strictly to the requirements of General Orders, Numbers 110, War Department, 1863, a copy of which is herewith.*

The prescribed number of officers will be appointed in accordance with the provisions of General Orders, Numbers 143, War Department, 1863, a copy of which is herewith.+

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*See p. 175.

+See p. 215.

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