importation of contagious or infectious diseases. In view of the apprehensions entertained in regard to the Asiatic cholera, now devastating the shores of the Mediterranean, this becomes a significant fact.
For recommendations of measures tending to the greater efficiency of the Medical Department you are respectfully referred to the special report from this office called for by circular dated War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, October 7, 1865.
In conclusion, I desire to bear testimony to the ability, courage, and zeal manifested throughout the war by the officers of the Medical Department under all circumstances and upon all occasions. With hardly an excepting they have been actuated by the highest motives of national and professional pride, and the number who have been killed and wounded bears most Honorable testimony to their devotion to duty on the field of battle.
To the medical directors of armies in the field and of military geographical departments especial praise is due for the successful execution of their arduous and responsible duties.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOS. K. BARNES,
Surgeon-General, Brevet Major-General, U. S. Army.
OFFICE OF THE SIGNAL OFFICER, Washington, October 20, 1865.
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:
SIR: In answer to your communication of the 7th instant, I have the honor to submit the following annual report of the operations of the Signal Corps for the year ending October 20, 1865:
On the 1st of November, 1864, the corps was represented in the field by the following detachments, thoroughly equipped, active, and energetic, to wit:
Detachment Officers of Acting Non- Privates.
. Signal officers. commissione
Corps. d officers.
Office of 3 .. 2 9
Department 6 1 5 66
Signal 16 4 3 86
Army of 12 3 13 167
Department 15 8 14 137
Department 7 .. 13 39
Department 9 10 10 87
Department 6 7 7 140
Department 4 4 1 42
Military 10 15 10 210
Department 2 5 2 51
Middle 8 8 2 168
Department 4 1 2 64
Total 102 66 84 1,266