War of the Rebellion: Serial 125 Page 0450 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington, D. C., June 23, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: In the report of a debate in the Senate on the 8th instant Senator Wilson is reported as saying that 'since the 17th day of October we have put 700,000 men into the field." On the 9th that "we have called since the 17th day of October last for 700,000 men," &c.

These statements appear to have been made with a view to showing that large calls have been made for volunteers and filled by volunteering in a very short period of time, viz, 'since the 17th of October last," and thus to influence legislation in the matter of raising troops. As the statements without explanation may mislead some, I remark upon them as follows:

Previous to October 17, 1863, no call for troops had been made since July, 1862. The calls referred to by Senator Wilson, as their terms will show, were not for 700,000 men, to be furnished after "October 17," but included the ratification of accounts back to the calls of July, 1862.

I presume Senator Wilson based his assertions on tabular statements exhibiting the condition of the recruiting service, which are on file in my office. If so, he has perhaps not fully understood them. The statement that 'since the 17th of October we have put 700,000 men in the field" is not sustained by the records of my office. The fact is that since the 17th of October, 1863, about 300,000 white men have been mustered into the U. S. service. The number put in the field is somewhat less than this, on account of desertions, unavoidable discharges, &c., before getting into the field.

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

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

CIRCULAR

WAR DEPT., ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

LETTER.

Washington, June 23, 1864.

SIR: I am directed to invite your attention to the requirements of Circular Numbers 40, current series, from this office, relative to the "dates of muster out, payment, and arrival in the State" of regiments discharged the service by expiration of term.

The report should be rendered by letter; the required information--including number mustered out and discharged--to be given therein as indicated in the following:

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Regiment

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Volunteers.

Arrived in the State

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Mustered out

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Paid

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Strength or number mustered out

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Please forward the report to my address; and in the first one, after the receipt of this, embrace all organizations mustered out, under your direction, since May 1, current year.

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

THOMAS M. VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Sent to all chief mustering officers.)