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ALBANY, N. Y., August 5, 1864.

Brigadier General JAMES B. FRY:

The provost-marshal of the Nineteenth District of New York telegraphs me as follows:

What mode or means is there of preventing persons enrolled and liable to draft from leaving the district or State before being drafted? A stampede is going on that threatens to be serious unless checked. I know of no remedy. Can they be stopped on the border of the State? Are there any means of checking this exodus? Answer immediately, by request of towns interested.

FREDERICK TOWNSEND,

Acting Assistant Provost-Marshal-General.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington, D. C., August 5, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel FREDERICK TOWNSEND,

Actg. Asst. Provost-Marshal-General, Albany, N. Y.:

There is no provision for checking exodus in Nineteenth District other than is contained in Circular 47, of 1863.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, August 5, 1864.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL OF PENNSYLVANIA,

Harrisburg, Pa.:

One-year companies may be attached to three-years's organizations to make up deficiency in number of companies.

THOMAS M. VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[AUGUST 5, 1864.-For Couch to Stanton with reference to calling out and equipping Pennsylvania militia, see Series I, Vol. LIII, Part I, p. 706.]

COLUMBUS, OHIO, August 5, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Colonel Swords and Captain Brooks of New Albany met me at Cincinnati, and acted very promptly. They undertook to prepare six boats inside of two weeks from last Friday and to provide the armament. I was to confer with you as to detailing the officers and men. I have not heard from them since. Will ask their progress by telegraph this morning.

JNO. BROUGH.

COLUMBUS, August 5, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Colonel Swords telegraphs that two boats are fitting up at Cincinnati; one more will arrive there to-day. Captain Brooks is fitting up