War of the Rebellion: Serial 128 Page 0418 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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is steadily on the increase, and that during the present spring and summer the military powers and resources of our State will be largely and liberally devoted to the cause of the Confederate States. You are apprised that in the present posture of Kentucky I am almost powerless in the enforcement of the conscript law or in the means of returning our officers and soldiers to their commands, and little can be effected in drawing from my State the quartermaster's and commissary stores in which she so largely abounds. I can, however, assure you that no effort will be spared and no opportunity neglected to animate and urge our people to the fullest co-operation in the prosecution of the cause of our liberties and independence. I am now engaged in setting on foot a communication with our firm friends in Kentucky from which I hope such organizations as will materially increase our political and military forces, and which will, as I hope to a valuable extent, aid in supporting the commissary and quartermaster's service of the country.

Very respectfully, yours,

R. HAWES,

Provisional Governor of Kentucky.

An estimate of funds required for the subsistence of 475,000 men from 1st of January to 30th of June, 1863 (one hundred and eighty-one days), making 85,975,000 rations.

85,975,000 rations, at $1. 12 per ration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $96,292,000

1,000,000 gallons molasses, at $1 per gallon. . . . . . . . . . . 1,000,000

1,000,000 gallons whisky, at $2. 50 per gallon. . . . . . . . . . 2,500,000

Purchase of weights, scales, and measures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,000

Provisions for Quartermaster's employees and laborers

under charge of Engineer and Niter Bureaus. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,666,660

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111,658,660

Add 10 per cent. for wastage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,165,866

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122,824,526

Deduct amount already appropriated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,656,500

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Total now required. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74,168,026

The foregoing estimate is supplemental to the one submitted by this Bureau on the 12th of December, 1862, and is necessary in consequence of the greatly increased cost of all articles constituting the ration.

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It is impossible to determine to what extent prices will advance and the Commissary-General can only approximately conjecture.

Respectfully submitted.

L. B. NORTHROP,

Commissary-General of Subsistence.

MARCH 5, 1863.

GENERAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 24.

Richmond, March 5, 1863.

I. Paragraph IV of General Orders, No. 47, of 1862, was designed to apply solely to the cases of officers whose commands had reorganized for the war, agreeably to the acts of Congress, No. 306, of December 11, 1861, and No. 397, of February 15, 1862, where the officers of