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required to meet the funicle arrangements of the Government, the cotton required by you had better be purchased. You are in a better condition than I am to make these purchases, as you money at your command, and I respectfully offer you the use of my agents to make the purchases for you. This will prevent our agents bidding against each other.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. G. MEMMINGER,

Secretary of the Treasury.

[First indorsement.]

MAY 14, 1863.

The Commissary Bureau will order the purchase of cotton to the amount required to meet its contracts. I would advise the employ of some one or more of the agents employed by the Treasury. The Quartermaster-General will have to take the same precaution.

J. A. S.,

Secretary.

[Second indorsement.]

OFFICE COMMISSARY-GENERAL OF SUBSISTENCE,

Richmond, Va., May 16, 1863.

Contents noted and respectfully forwarded to Quartermaster-General.

L. B. NORTHROP,

Commissary-General of Subsistence.

[Third indorsement.]

QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

May 19, 1863.

Contents noted and respectfully returned to the Secretary of War.

A. C. MYERS,

Quartermaster-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 58.

Richmond, May 11, 1863.

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II. All persons, whether citizens or soldiers, are expressly prohibited from using or in any manner interfering with fuel or wood cut and delivered for the use of railroads or railroad companies. It is of the first importance that this order should be observed, and it will be strictly obeyed and enforced by the Army.

By order:

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

[MAY 11, 1863. - For proclamation of Governor Vance in relation to desertions from the Army, see Series I, VOL. LI, Part II, p. 706.]

GENERAL ORDERS,

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 59.

Richmond, May 12, 1863.

I. The attention of regimental commanders throughout the Army is called to the requirements of paragraph I, General Orders, No. 69, of