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have control of the expenditures of the subordind thus effect a great saving to the public Treasury, as he will be required to certify to the justness of all accounts before they are submitted to this office. I hope it will be the pleasure of the Department to accept my suggestion in this matter, as it is my earnest desire to see the act carried out in the most expeditious and effective manner, and at the same time with the very smallest cost to the Government.

I am, general, very respectfully,

J. D. SHIELDS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

Report of progress made in the execution of the conscript law in Virginia from September 1 to November 1, 1862:

Summary of returns of enrolling officers.

Whole number of conscripts enrolled. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,459

Whole number of conscripts exempt, discharged, and

detailed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,183

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Total enrolled as liable to duty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,276

Summary of number of conscripts reported at camps of instruction.

Whole number of conscripts received for duty at camp of

instructions at Richmond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 765

Whole number of conscripts discharged by surgeon at camp

of instruction at Richmond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386

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1,151

Whole number of conscripts received at camp of instruction

at Dublin Depot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

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Total reported. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,313

Respectfully submitted.

J. C. SHIELDS,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

COLLECTOR'S OFFICE, DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI,

Tangipahoa, November 7, 1862.

Lieutenant-General PEMBERTON,

Headquarters, Jackson, Miss.:

SIR: I have just learned from Captain J. G. Bushwood that you have ordered the release of the schooner Osceola, seized by him as an officer of the Treasury Department for violation of the law prohibiting intercourse with the enemy. In this case I have instructed Captain Bushwood to conform to your order, but I have respectfully to submit that if such seizure was legal (and of which there can be no doubt), that if military exigencies require the release (and of which exigency it is not my province in the slightest degree to question), that such requisition for release should be made upon this office, and I cannot doubt would have been so made if you had been informed of such seizure. For your information and consideration in future cases I inclose herewith a list of vessels seized by authority and now in custody of this