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WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., February 5, 1864.

THOMAS WEBSTER, Esq.,

1210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa.:

SIR: In reply to your letter of the 28th ultimo I am directed to say that you are hereby authorized to raise another regiment of infantry, to be composed of colored men, and to be mustered into the service of the United States for three years or during the war. The regiment raised under this authority will be known and designated as the Thirty-second Regiment U. S. Colored Troops. The instructions heretofore given you in reference to organization, musters & c., will govern in this case.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. W. FOSTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General of Volunteers.

CIRCULAR WAR DEPT., ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 15.

Washington, February 6, 1864.

I. The attention of officers appointing general courts-martial is respectfully called to paragraph Numbers 897, Revised Army Regulations, which requires that "copies of all orders confirming, or disapproving, or remitting the sentences of courts-martial," shall be sent to the Adjutant-General of the Army. Such copies are to accompany the original proceedings of the general courts in every instance.

II. By direction of the Secretary of War recruiting officers are hereby authorized to enlist and re-enlist all men for the Regular Army for three years, under joint resolution of January 13, 1864, General Orders, Nos. 20 and 25, of 1864.

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND., February 6, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Four six-months" regiments returning to be mustered out here are arriving. Will you authorize them to reorganize if they will re- enlist as veterans? I believe the most of them will re-enlist if authority is given.

O. P. MORTON,

Governor.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 6, 1864.

GOVERNOR OF RHODE ISLAND,

Providence, R. I.:

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 25th ultimo* in reference to troops furnished by Rhode Island, and asking for a corrected exhibit to include December 31. In reply I regret to say that the pressure of business at this time upon the roll room - from which the data would have to be obtained - is so great

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* Omitted.

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