ond battalions, to enable each regiment to afford proper material at any point where it may be stationed for both garrison and hospital duty.
The corps is now the full performance of the duties for which it was organized--duties which would otherwise have to be performed by able-bodies soldiers, and thus, though the individuals of which it is composed are unfit for field service, the Army is as much strengthened as it would have been by an acquisition of the same number of men fit for active duty.
The officers have been selected on the recommendation of the military superiors under whom they served in the field, and are assigned to duty without regard to the States from which they were appointed. Men are assigned to companies in a similar manner.
Disbursing officers on duty in the Bureau in this city pay by checks all the accounts of the Bureau of the Provost-Marshal- General.
Up to November 1 the total amount paid
Accounts unpaid having been returned for
Total expenses of the Bureau to November 1.... 1,539,015.94
This does not include the pay of the provost-marshal, commissioner, and surgeon of each district, as they are paid by the Pay Department. Including this, increases the expenditures by $402,944.22.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAMES B. FRY,
Appendix to the Provost-Marshal-General's report, November 17, 1863.
Numbers 1.* Numbers 2.+ WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington, D. C., November 5, 1863.
Colonel JAMES B. FRY, U. S. Army,
Provost-Marshal-General, Washington, D. C.:
COLONEL: In obedience to your instructions I have examined and tabulated all the final returns received at this office from surgeons of boards of enrollment up to the 31st of October, 1863.
These returns show the number drafted in each district and the number rejected as physically or mentally unfit for military service, with the specific causes of the provost-marshals" returnees, as only two of the reports from surgeons gave that information. These returns are in some instances incomplete and do not cover the whole period embraced in the reports made by surgeons, so that the numbers reported as "rejected" do not correspond in the two returns, and the
*See Fry to Stanton, August 10, p. 657, beginning with the sentence "In relation to the enrollment," &c., and concluding with "many who were omitted in the State lists."
+See Fry to Stanton, October 19, p. 893.