War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0157 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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conscription. Orders to the sheriffs to aid in arresting defaulters, &c., have already been issued, and no further order to them is deemed necessary.

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

B. F. ARTHUR,

Secretary Executive Council.

Return of the state of the recruiting service.

HEADQUARTERS CAMP OF INSTRUCTION,

Near Richmond, November 1, 1862.

Conscripts on hand at date of last report (October 20). . . 40

Conscripts received since date of last report. . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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116

Conscripts assigned since last report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Conscripts detailed since last report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Conscripts discharged by order Secretary of War. . . . . . . 1

Conscripts absent with leave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Conscripts absent without leave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Dunkards discharged by paying $500 to Confederate

States. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Dunkards furloughed until second Monday in December. . . 26

Conscripts furnished substitutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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72

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Balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

CAMP OF INSTRUCTION,

Dublin Depot, November 1, 1862.

Conscripts on hand at date of last report (October 1). . . 31

Conscripts received since date of last report. . . . . . . . . . . 76

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107

Conscripts assigned since date of last report. . . . . . 24

Conscripts detailed since date of last report. . . . . . 4

Conscripts discharged since date of last report. . . . 57

Conscripts furloughed since date of last report. . . . 5

Conscripts deserted since date of last report. . . . . . 4

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94

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Balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

RECAPITULATION.

NOVEMBER 1, 1862.

Conscripts remaining in camp of instruction

at Richmond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Conscripts remaining in camp of instruction

at Dublin Depot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

Respectfully submitted.

J. S. SHIELDS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, SUBSISTENCE DEPT.,

Richmond, November 3, 1862.

Hon. GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War:

SIR: In addition to the letters and telegrams already shown you in regard to the difficulty of transportation, particularly from Gordonsville to Richmond, I beg leave to inclose now a telegram from H. B.