WAR DEPT., ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, September 9, 1865.
ORDERS AND INSTRUCTIONS RELATIVE TO THE MUSTER OUT OF CERTAIN VOLUNTEERS, VIZ, ORGANIZATIONS OF COLORED TROOPS ENLISTED IN NORTHERN STATES, AND CERTAIN WHITE TROOPS IN VARIOUS ARMIES AND DEPARTMENTS.
I. Organizations of colored troops enlisted in Northern States.
TELEGRAM.] WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, September 8, 1865.
COMMANDING GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA,
Raleigh, N. C.:
The Secretary of War directs that all organizations of colored troops in your department which were enlisted in the Northern States be mustered out of service immediately. The musters out will be by entire organizations, including all additions thereto by recruits and from other sources. The musters out, discharges, and payments will be made under the regulations promulgated in General Orders, Numbers 94, current series, from this office.
Please forward to this office without delay a list of the regiments and independent companies to be discharged under this order, giving therein for each the strength, present and absent, respectively.
Acknowledge receipt of this.
THOMAS M. VINCENT,
NOTE.-Orders similar to the foregoing, dated September 8, were sent to the commanding generals of the Department of Virginia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
II. White troops in various departments-services no longer required.
1. August 21, 1865.-Major-General Reynolds, commanding Department of Arkansas, was directed to muster out 3,000 additional troops of his command.
2. August 24, 1865.-Major-General Hooker, commanding the Department of the East, was directed to cause the two remaining "Independent companies, Maine Coast Guards," to be mustered out.
3. September 1, 1865.-Major-General Hooker was directed to relieve from duty for muster out Companies A and B, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery, and Company D, First Battalion Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.
4. September 8, 1865.-Major-General Augur, commanding Department of Washington, was ordered to reduce the volunteer force in his command to 6,000 commissioned officers and enlisted men, of all arms.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
WAR DEPT., PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C. September 11, 1865.
[Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:]
Under the general orders of the War Department I, sometime since, discharged all the employes in the different districts who could be spared, so that now there is in a districts only a provost- marshal and one clerk, and they are engaged in closing up old business. Some