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WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., September 13, 1864.

Captain WILLIAM SILVEY,

Actg. Asst. Provost-Marshal-General, Concord, N. H.:

Such men in the two companies of State militia now on duty at Fort Constitution as desire to enlist immediately in Tenth Company of Heavy Artillery, lately authorized to be raised in New Hampshire, may be discharged from their present engagement on enlistment into said Tenth Company. Their new enlistment to be made according to regulations and without condition as to place of service. Notify the Governor this is in answer to his request.

JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., September 13, 1864.

Major-General DIX,

New York:

The draft is ordered to commence in the State comprising your military department whose quota has not been filled up on Monday, the 19th of September. You will please hold yourself in readiness to render any aid to the drafting officers that may be needed.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

(Same to Major-General Heintzelman, Columbus, Ohio; Major-General Couch, Chambersburg, Pa.; Major-General Pop, Milwaukee, Wis.; Major-General Rosecrans, Saint Louis, Mo.; Major-General Wallace, Baltimore, Md.)

RACINE, September 13, 1864.

The PRESIDENT, SECRETARY OF WAR, and

PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL:

Do not postpone the draft. The fear of a draft is greater than the reality, and is more depressing; besides, it will operate very unjustly upon those towns and counties which have exerted themselves to fill up their quota. It has an appearance of weakness, and is strong evidence of it. while pending, all fear it; when over, all who are drafted and go will be cured of their reluctance, and it is the best medicine in the world for sickly patriotism, and has been known to cure even copperheadism, while those who are not drawn are relieved from suspense.

Respectfully, yours,

J. R. DOOLITTLE.

WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

September 13, 1864.

GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN,

Madison, Wis.:

It is represented that a regiment for three years can be recruited from among your 100-days" regiments at Memphis; if so, this is authority