WASHINGTON, D. C., August 8, 1864.
I telegraphed you Saturday. Did you receive the dispatch? Please answer.
INDIANAPOLIS, August 5,1 864.
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
The condition of affairs in Southern Indiana demands that the militia be immediately made efficient and especially few companies of artillery; officers of that arm are much needed. Captain John W. Day, First Indiana Heavy Artillery, is here to- day en route for his regiment at New Orleans, his veteran leave having expired. Will you please order him to report to me for sixty days" duty; this of great importance and my application, not his.
O. P. MORTON,
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, August 7, 1864.
I have directed an order to issue to Captain Day to report to you for duty.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 242.
Washington, August 8, 1864.
RELATING TO THE AMNESTY TO INSURGENT ENEMIES.
I. The attention of commanding officers of departments, districts, military posts, and detachments is called to the following paragraph in the proclamation of the President dated the 26th of March, 1864, defining the cases in which insurgent enemies are entitled to the benefits of the amnesty proclamation of the 8th of December, 1863:
It (the amnesty) does apply only to those persons who, being yet at large and free any arrest, confinement, or duress, shall voluntarily come forward and take the said oath, with the purpose of preserving their property from the penalty of their crimes, or of screening themselves from punishment for the commission of arson, robbery, treason, and murder. All commanders of departments, districts, posts, and detachments, and all officers in the military service,