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CIRCULAR

WAR DEPT., ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 28.

Washington, June 28, 1865.

ORDERS AND INSTRUCTIONS RELATIVE TO THE MUSTER OUT OF VOLUNTEER TROOPS.

Certain veteran regiments in the Armies of the Potomac, Tennessee, and Middle Military Division, and certain infantry, cavalry, and artillery in various armies and departments.

I. Veteran regiments.

TELEGRAM.] WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 22, 1865.

COMMANDING GENERAL ARMY OF THE POTOMAC:

The Secretary of War directs that the effective infantry force present of the Army of the Potomac be reduced by the discharge of 18,000 men.

The musters out will be by entire organizations of veteran regiments, to be selected from those having the shortest time to serve, including all recruits and additions thereto from other sources; also, absentees belonging to them. The absentees to be an additional reduction of the effective force.

The musters out and discharges will be made under the regulations promulgated in General Orders, No. 94, current series, from this office.

Please forward to this office without delay a list of the regiments you may select under this order, giving thereof for each the strength,present and absent respectively.

Acknowledge the receipt of this.

THOMAS M. VINCENT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

NOTE.-Similar orders sent June 22 to the commanding general Army of the Tennessee for the discharge of 15,000 men from that army, and to the commanding general Middle Military division for the discharge of 7,000 from that division.

II. Regiments of cavalry, artillery, and infantry (whose services are no longer required) ordered mustered out of service under special instructions,of dates set opposite the organizations respectively.

Connecticut.-First Battery, May 29, 1865.

Illinois.-Eighty-second Infantry, June 12, 1865.

Indiana.-One hundred and first Infantry, June 12, 1865; Ninety- first Infantry, June 15, 1865.

Maine.- Three unassigned companies infantry, June 16, 1865; three companies Coast Guard, June 16, 1865.

Maryland.- First Potomac Home Brigade Infantry, May 29, 1865; Second Potomac Home Brigade Infantry, May 29, 1865; Third Potomac Home Brigade Infantry, May 29, 1865; First Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry, June 23, 1865.

Massachusetts.- First Cavalry, June 17, 1865.

Michigan.- Twenty-sixth Infantry, June 2, 1865.

Missouri.- Forty-eighth Infantry, June 13, 1865; Missouri State Militia (about 2,200 authorized under General Orders, No. 96, Adjutant-General's Office, 1861), June 23, 1865.

New Jersey.- Thirty-ninth Infantry, June 5, 1865.

New York.- One hundred and fiftieth Infantry, May 29, 1865; Batteries A, K,and F, First Artillery, June 5, 1865; First Engineers, June 5, 1865; Fiftieth Engineers, June 5, 1865; Fiftieth Engineers, June 5, 1865; Second Cavalry (Harris Light), June 17, 1865; Eighth Cavalry, June 17, 1865; Nineteenth Cavalry (First Dragoons), June 17, 1865; First Cavalry (Lincoln), June 18, 1865; Twenty-fifth Cavalry, June 20, 1865; One hundred and fifty-first Infantry (battalion), June 22, 1865.