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GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 384.

Washington, November 30, 1863

Complaints having been made of interference by military officers in the running of trains and the transportation of troops and supplies on railroads, such interference is positively prohibited. Any neglect of railroad companies to furnish proper transportation will be promptly reported to the War Department.

By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, November 30, 1863.

Major General JOHN A. DIX,

Commanding, New York:

GENERAL: Yours of the 28th is just received. I fully agree with you in your opinion that there was no real foundation in the pretended raid on the northern lakes and frontier. If the rebels had any definitive object in view it was simply to get up a stampede on that frontier so as to draw as many troops as possible from the armies in the field. By sending more troops there we shall play into their hands, for every man of ours kept from the field now is so much gain to them.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, November 30, 1863.

Brigadier-General COX,

Sandusky, Ohio:

If there be no further duty at Sandusky you may leave there and report for duty to the general commanding the army in East Tennessee.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

Secretary of War.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., November 30, 1863

GOVERNOR OF INDIANA,

Indianapolis, Ind.:

You will be permitted to raise a battalion or regiment of colored troops under the regulations governing that branch of the service. Authority in form with instructions, will be sent by mail.

By order of the Secretary of War:

C. W. FOSTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., November 30, 1863

Brigadier General J. T. BOYLE,

Louisville, Ky.:

Please report what you are doing in respect to organizing colored teamsters, if anything. Report immediately. The Quartermasters- General has suggested certain regulations for the service, which, in