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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, April 14, 1865.

Messrs. TERENCE FARLEY, LEWIS R. RYERS, and others,

Committee, &c.:

GENTLEMEN: In reply to your memorial of the 12th instant, in relation to the draft and volunteer enlisting in New York, I have the honor to state that this Department, having, upon consultation with Lieutenant-General Grant, come to the conclusion that the recent campaigns have left in the field no rebel force that can withstand the armies of the Union, it has bee deemed expedient to stop all drafting and recruiting under the pending call of the President, and it is believed that the force now on foot many soon be reduced.

Yours, truly,

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF KENTUCKY,

Louisville, Ky., April 18, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The provost-marshals refuse to muster in the recruits raised for colored regiments now organizing. Please allow me to recruit them to the maximum. It would be well to continue enlisting blacks at least until May 15, when the State Legislature meets and will probably pass the amendment, if colored recruiting is kept up till that time. We are recruiting as an argument forcible.

JOHN M. PALMER,

Major-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, April 18, 1865.

Major-General PALMER,

Louisville, Ky.:

The provost-marshals in Kentucky are hereby authorized and directed to continue mustering in colored recruits to fill up the colored regiments to the maximum, any previous order to the contrary notwithstanding. A copy of this telegram certified by you will serve as a formal order for that purpose, which, on notification by you, they will obey accordingly.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

OFFICE ACTG. ASST. PROV. MAR. General, AND SUPT.

VOL. RECRUITING SERVICE, SOUTHERN DIV. NEW YORK,

New York, April 18, 1865.

General JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General U. S. Army:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report on the business of this office.

On assuming charge March 9 I found the draft ordered to take place throughout the city on the 15th ultimo. Examination of the