War of the Rebellion: Serial 125 Page 0417 UNION AUTHORITIES.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, June 1, 1864.

Governor YATES,

Springfield, Ill.:

By the specific terms of your agreement with the Department the 100-days" men were to be mustered in when a regiment was full to the minimum, and the term of service was to be reckoned from that time. This agreement was sanctioned by Congress, and it formed the basis of the appropriation. To muster in by companies would be a plain violation of law, which this Department cannot commit. The clothing is on hand, ready for distribution on mustering of the regiments.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., June 1, 1864.

Governor MORTON,

Indianapolis:

I think it can, especially as present appearances are not very encouraging to disloyalty. I believe the Governor is a firm Union man.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

JUNE 2, 1864.

Credits or rules relative to crediting commissioned officers on quotas.

Commissioned officers for new organizations are credited on quotas, if they are appointed from civil life, and have not been in the U. S. service at a prior date, either as officers or enlisted men, since the commencement of the rebellion.

THOMAS M. VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Honorable HENRY WILSON.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, June 2, 1864.

Major-General THOMAS,

Near Dallas, Ga.:

You are hereby authorized to enlist a regiment from the volunteer forces in the Army of the Cumberland that have served, or are serving, as pioneers, pontoniers, or engineers, pursuant to the act of Congress passed at the present session authorizing such enlistments.

A formal order will be transmitted by mail. In the meantime you may go on at once with the enlistments, as suggested in your telegram of yesterday.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

27 R R-SERIES III, VOL IV