War of the Rebellion: Serial 126 Page 0132 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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from military restraint and had separated, each to his home and his civil avocation. Too much praise cannot be given the numerous corps of mustering officers and paymasters, whose fidelity is attested by the large numbers (800,963) of men discharged and paid within a brief period, as shown in the annexed statement B. Nor can the extraordinary facilities offered by the several railroad companies for transporting such large bodies of men fail to attract attention. No apology is made for alluding to these matters in this report, for they are facts of the utmost significance in er and resources of this country. Statement C shows the force in service May, 1, 1864, and March 1, 1865, respectively.

COLORED TROOPS.

For statistics and information in regard to the colored troops, reference is invited to the accompanying report of the able chief of the Bureau for Colored Troops, attached to this office. The number at present retained in service is about 85,024, out of 186,097, the whole number, officers and men, mustered in since it was first decided to employ them.

The general orders and circulars annexed to this report will give useful information concerning movements of the Army.*

By systematic classification of the varied duties of this department, the officers intrusted with each branch have been able promptly and successfully to accomplish all that could in reason by expected of them, and they, together with the admirable clerks-mostly taken from the armies-by whom they were so ably assisted, are entitled to the warmest commendation.

The officers of the Adjutant-General's Department are employed as follows:

One brigadier-general on special service.

One colonel in charge of the Adjutant-General's Office, War Department.

One colonel and six major, on duty at the Headquarters of the Army.

One lieutenant-colonel and one major, on duty at the Headquarters of the Army.

One lieutenant-colonel and two majors, on duty at headquarters of military divisions and departments.

One lieutenant-colonel, Provost-Marshal-General.

One lieutenant-colonel and one major awaiting orders.

One major on duty in the Provost-Marshal-General's Bureau.

One major on leave of absence.

One major on duty in the War Department.

I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

*See General Orders, Nos. 101, 105, 106, 114, 119, 121, 141, and 146, and Circulars Numbers 19, 26, 28, 30, 31, 39, 41, 44, and 46, pp. 43, 48, 49, 54, 62, 65, 124, 125, 24, 56, 61, 65, 93, 95, 96, 98, 108, 156, respectively.