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For pay of nurses and cooks, not enlisted or volunteers, two hundred and forty thousand dollars.

For pay of hospital stewards, sixty thousand dollars.

For pay of matrons, assistant matrons, and ward matrons, two hundred and forty thousand dollars.

For pay of ward-masters, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

For medical and hospital supplies, two million five hundred thousand dollars.

For the establishment and support of military hospitals, one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

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Approved February 10, 1863.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 36. Richmond, Va., February 12, 1863.

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IX. Paragraph V, Special Orders, No. 18, current series, is hereby revoked, and the following is substituted instead: For the completion of public vessels, as also for the construction of certain railroad connections which, as necessary for military operations, Congress has authorized, and for the repair of other roads essential to the Government and the public for transportation, iron being indispensable and not within the reach of the Government through the ordinary sources, Colonel J. F. Gilmer, chief of the Engineer Bureau, and Major I. M. St. John, chief of the Niter and Mining Bureau, are appointed to act, with an officer to be designated by the Navy Department, as a commission to examine and advise on what railroads in the Confederate States the iron on their tracks can best be dispensed with. In making this inquiry the commission will be governed by the public interest, and will leave out of consideration all roads and portions of roads required for military operations and defenses, and also such as are indispensable in carrying supplies for the public use. They will also inquire and report the best means of obtaining the iron suitable for such roads and apportioning the same, and how the rails removed may be exchanged for equivalents in value of more defective rails, to be rolled and use for naval purposes.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

JOHN WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Raleigh, N. C., February 12, 1863.

Hon. JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the reception of your letter of the 4th instant, invoking the aid of the authorities of the State to procure labor for the completion of the Danville railroad, and also asking my influence with the Legislature in securing the gauge of that road to correspond with that of the Virginia road. The object is a most important one and commends itself strongly to my favor; but under