War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0359 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE No. 12. Richmond, Va., January 15, 1863.

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VI. Authority is hereby granted V. B. O'Neil to raise a company of partisan rangers, to be composed of Kentuckians, under the call of the President and existing law.

VII. Authority is hereby granted Captain S. A. Doran to raise a company, to be composed of Kentuckians, under the call of the President and the existing law.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MILITARY COMMITTEE ROOM, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

January 16, 1863.

Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have been instructed by the Committee on Military Affairs to request you to furnish them with a tabular statement of the number of troops of all arms now in the service; the number from the several States, respectively; the number of troops prior to the passage of the first conscription law; the number prior to the passage of the second conscription law; the number of conscripts received into the Army by operation of each of these laws; the number of volunteers received since the passage of each of these laws; the number of soldiers lost in battle, disabled, discharged, died in hospitals, &c., and such other information of a statistical character with reference to the Army as may seem to you judicious and proper.

I am, with high respect, your obedient servant,

W. PORCHER MILES.

[Indorsement.]

JANUARY 17, 1863.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL:

Please furnish the statements requested as early as possible.

J. A. S.,

Secretary of War.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 13. Richmond, Va., January 16, 1863.

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X. Authority is hereby granted Major M. J. Wicks to raise in independent battalion of partisan rangers, to be composed of men drawn from within the enemy's lines, for special service on and near the Mississippi River, under the call of the President and the existing law.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[JANUARY 16, 1863. -For Bragg's order appointing General Pillow to organize a volunteer and conscript recruiting bureau in the Army of Tennessee, see Series I, VOL. XX, Part II, p. 498.]