In reply, and as directed, I respectfully report as follows:
First. Troops were called and accepted for thirty and one hundred days for the service (purpose) indicated by the following statement:
Number and Nature of
kind of Term. service to How called Remarks.
troops. be out.
One 100 General By War After
regiment service Department, organization
of wher- sent to
infantry ever through Fort Delaware
(9th). required. Provost- to guard
shal- prisoners of
General of war.
One 30 Duty in By Major- Left Delaware
regiment Middle De- General so soon as
infantry partment lace. raised. Served
(7th). during Action at Relay
rebel raid ed by War House and on
in July, Depart- Northern
1864. ment. Central
One 30 Duty as By Major Served also at
company of scouts and H. B. Judd, Relay House
cavalry pickets military and on the
(Milli- between commander Northern
gan's). Susquehanna at Central
River Wilmington, Railroad as
and Du under as
Pont's authority Westminster,
of and did
Powder department picket duty
Mills dur- com- from there
ing rebel mander. to the
raid in Action con- Monocacy.
July, 1864. firmed by
Second. They were called for and (where no direct call was made) accepted under section 1 of the act approved July 17, 1862, "to amend the act calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions, approved February 28, 1795, and the acts amendatory thereof, and for other purposes."
Third. Whether the troops were promised," as an inducement to volunteer, exemption from said drafts" is not known to this Department, but no such promise was made by its authority. Under the regulations respecting exemptions men actually in service at the time they are drafted are exempt.
Fourth. The Ninth Regiment (100-days" troops), after organization, was sent to Fort Delaware, De., to guard prisoners of war.
The Seventh Regiment (30-days" troops) left the State after organization, and served at the Relay House and on the Northern Central Railroad as far as Westminster, and did picket duty from there to the Monocacy.
Milligan's cavalry company (30-days" troops) served as scouts and pickets between Du Pont's Powder MKills and Susquehanna River; also at Relay House and on the Northern Central Railroad as far as Westminster, and did picket duty from there to the Monocacy.
Fifth. Sucvh of the troops as were designed for specific service of the State were enlisted for such special service only. What promises were made to them by enlisting or recruiting officers or agents is not known to this Department.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. D. TOWNSEND,
January 26, 1865.
His Excellency JOHN A. ANDREW,
Governor of Massachusetts:
SIR: I am instructed by the Secretary of War to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency's letter of the 16th instant in relation to