PHILADELPHIA, October 13, 1864.
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
Net deficit in Second District only 241 men; average enlistment, twenty daily. Draft unnecessary and deemed harsh. Please countermand.
WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., October 13, 1864.
Orders have been sent that the draft shall not commence in Philadelphia until Thursday next, the 20th instant. I hope the people will fill the quotas before that time.
JAMES B. FRY,
(Same to Honorable W. D. Kelley, M. C., Philadelphia, Pa.)
PHILADELPHIA, PA., October 13, 1864.
His Excellency A. LINCOLN,
President of the United States:
A draft has been ordered to-morrow in the Second Congressional District. Its quota is filled within 100, and they claim a credit for 116 men put into the Navy. If time is allowed they will fill their quota without a draft. They put in twenty men yesterday.
This district gave 4,000 majority on Tuesday last. Please have the draft stopped for the present. They will fill their quota before November.
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
October 13, 1864.
GOVERNOR OF INDIANA,
This is authority from Secretary of War for you to reorganize the Fourth Battery, using men in field as basis, as per your telegram this date.*
THOMAS M. VINCENT,
OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF SUBSISTENCE,
Washington, October 14, 1864.
Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
SIR: In compliance with the special instructions of the War Department of September 15, addressed to chiefs of bureaus, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the Subsistence Department during the past year.