War of the Rebellion: Serial 124 Page 0736 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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STATE OF ILLINOIS, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Springfield, August 28, 1863.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington:

SIR: After careful consideration I am satisfied it is my duty to attempt to organize a colored regiment in this State.

I therefore have the honor to request authority to do so, and desire to be informed, should the authority be granted, what control will be given me in the organization.

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

RICHD. YATES,

Governor.

DAVENPORT, IOWA, August 28, 1863.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

I shall have an overplus of Eighth Cavalry. I want credit for them, and leave for another regiment. We should have credit for the Northern Border Brigade, which has cost the State $90,000, and which has done as much service as other troops who have had a U. D. muster.

N. B. BAKER,

Adjutant-General of Iowa.

PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., August 28, 1863.

GOVERNOR OF IOWA,

Davenport, Iowa.:

So soon as the Eighth Regiment is mustered in your request to raise the Ninth Cavalry will receive prompt consideration.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 386.

Washington, August 28, 1863.

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13. Brigadier General G. Clay Smith, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby detailed on special duty connected with the recruitment of troops in Kentucky, and will enter thereon and be governed by the regulations of the service.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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

Washington, D. C., August 28, 1863.

His Excellency JAMES Y. SMITH,

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

SIR: The proclamation contained in my letter to Governor Andrew was made to relieve a case of local hardship, and without any intention of making it general, or supposing that it would be so considered.