War of the Rebellion: Serial 125 Page 0560 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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of the 24th instant do not seem to meet such cases, and I respectfully suggest that if compatible with the public interests your orders be modified so as to include the class of men referred to. The agents of substitute brokers from Erie, Pa., Buffalo, N. Y., and other places are said to be quietly at work in this city enticing soldiers already in the service to doff their clothes and clothe themselves in citizens" dress and go East to enter as substitutes. Our policemen about the depot report these abuses after the parties have taken the trains and are beyond the limits of the State.

Colored men are brought here as contrabands and then carried off to fill the quotas of other States, because provost-marshals, &c., have no instructions on the subject.

Very respectfully, yours,

LAZ. NOBLE,

Adjutant-General of Indiana.

[First indorsement.]

LOUISVILLE, KY., August 1, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Brigadier General James B. Fry, Provost-Marshal-General.

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

AUGUST 7, 1864.

Send a copy of this to Colonel Baker with orders to correct the abuses if they exist, and, if necessary, arrest the agents who are running off the recruits and enticing the soldiers to desert.

J. B. F.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE, July 29, 1864.

The GOVERNOR OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Wheeling, W. Va.:

You are hereby authorized to raise one new regiment of infantry. Full instructions by mail.

JAS. B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

[JULY 30, 1864.-For correspondence between the President, the Secretary of War, and Governor Curtin, with reference to 30,000 or 50,000 men offered for the defense of Pennsylvania, see Series I, Vol. XXXVII, Part II, P. 526.]