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Records of the 105th. U.S. Colored Troops

Organized at Charleston, South Carolina, Spring and Summer of 1865, Transcribed by A. Donald Kelmers Comments and HTML coding by William Hamilton

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The following records of the 105th US Colored Troops are from the remaining Civil War files of Lt. Col. Rue Pugh Hutchins (Brevet Brigadier General), as transcribed by his great grandson, A. Donald Kelmers, of Louisville, Kentucky, on March 12-13, 1996. To the extent possible, the typed transcript follows the format, abbreviations, etc., of the original documents. Because the original documents are handwritten, in a few instances it was necessary to take a best guess at a word, based on the context of the sentence, or at a name.

On July 22, 1862, Rue Pugh Hutchins, a prominent citizen and businessman residing in Tippicanoe, Miami County, Ohio, raised at his expense the Hutchins Company of the Ohio Militia. On August 24 this became Company D of the 94th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Lt. Rue Hutchins commanding. On August 28 the 94th was immediately ordered into action in Kentucky without training or proper equipment. The 94th saw action at Perryville, Kentucky, and then retired to Louisville, Kentucky, for training and supplies. Rue Hutchins was appointed Captain. The 94th then moved south in General Thomas' Army of Ohio and was next engaged at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the Battle of Stones River. Private Benjamin Hutchins, uncle of Captain Rue Hutchins, and Private Tanzy Hutchins, cousin, died as a result of wounds received at Murfreesboro. After Murfreesboro, Rue Hutchins was promoted to Major and given command of the 94th Ohio Volunteers. As the Federal army moved south from Chattanooga, Tennessee, it suffered a disaster in the battle at Chickamauga, Georgia, on September 19 and 20, 1863. A stone monument placed on the line of battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park reads:

94th OHIO INFANTRY 1st BRIGADE - 1st DIVISION
14th ARMY CORPS.

This regiment, Maj. Rue P. Hutchins Commanding engaged the enemy with Gen'l. Baird's Division, Saturday Morning, Sept. 19th, 1863, advancing three fourths of a mile of a mile east from the Kelly House. A counter attack of superior numbers caused the division to retire on the line of Reed's Bridge Road. The regiment advanced again that evening, with Scribner's and Starkweather's brigades, in support of Gen'l. Johnson's division, and became engaged with the enemy upon the ground occupied in the morning. During the battle Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1863, the regiment fought upon the ground marked by this monument, until ordered to retire with the division to Rossville. Present for duty Sept. 18th, 1863, ...309. Killed, wounded, and captured Sept. 19 - 20, 1863 ...46. Organized at Piqua, Ohio, August 23 - 24, 1862. Term - three years.

 

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Preparations for A Charleston U.S.C.T. Regiment

During the winter, the army was contained in Chattanooga and Rue Hutchins was promoted to Lt. Col. The 94th then continued south through Georgia with Sherman's Army, and was engaged at Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, the Siege of Atlanta, and Sherman's March across Georgia.

By March, 1865, the army had occupied Charleston, South Carolina, and Lt. Col. Hutchins was detached from the 94th Ohio Volunteers and posted to the Recruiting Office in Charleston. The following surviving documents, at least partially, tell of the recruiting activities at that time and the formation of the 105th US Colored Troops.

March 16, 1865
Head Quarters 3rd Brig. Coast Div.
St. Andrews Depot, S.C.
Lieut. Leonard B. Perry, A. A. Genl.

Sir
I have the honor to ask permission for myself and Captain William Spencer of my command to visit Beaufort, S.C. via Hilton Head for the purpose of seeing Brig. Genl. Saxton on business connected with the Recruiting Service.

I am, Sir, Very Respectfully, Your Obt. Servt.
Rue P. Hutchins
Lieut. Col. 94th Ohio Vol. Infy.

March 17, 1865
Head Quarters, Northern District,
Department South Assistant Adjutant General's Office,
Charleston, S.C.

Special Order No. 53

II. Permission is hereby granted to Lieut. Colonel R. P. Hutchins 94th Ohio to proceed to Beaufort S.C. on business connected with the Recruiting Service.

The Quarter Master's Department will furnish the necessary transportation.

By Command of Brig. Genl. Jno. P. Hatch

March 21, 1865
Head Qrs. Genl. Supnt. Rec. and Organization of Colored Troops
Department of the South, Beaufort, S.C.

Special Orders No. 102

Lieut. Col. R. P. Hutchins, 94th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, is hereby assigned to duty as Asst. Sup. Rec. at Charleston, S.C. and will at once enter upon his duties as such, relieving Captain Samuel Cuskadin, 52nd Penn. Vols.

R. Saxton
Brevet Maj. General USA and Genl. Sup. Recruiting and Organization of Colored Troops US

March 26, 1865

Headquarters Genl. Supt. Vol. Rec. Service D. C., Beaufort, S.C.

Lieut. Col. R. P. Hutchins
94th Ohio Vol. Infty.
Recruiting Officer Charleston, S.C.

Sir

I have the honor to inform you that a letter was addressed from these Headquarters dated March 15th 1865 to Captain Cuskaden 52nd Pa. Vol. late Recruiting Officer at Charleston, directing him to forward to the 33rd U.S.C.T. a sufficient number of Recruits to fill up that organization to the maximum standard. About that date this Regt. was transferred to Savannah Ga. and is at present stationed there. Consequently its strength will be increased from the Recruitments at Savannah and I am instructed by Genl. Saxton to say to you that the former order to your predecessor is hereby revoked.

I am Sir, Very Respectfully Your Obdt. Ser.
Staunton M. Taylor, A. A. D.

April 5, 1865

Hd.-Qrs. Sup't Recruitment and Organization Colored Troops Department of the South, Beaufort, S.C.
R. P. Hutchins, Lt. Col. 94 Ohio Infty.

Sir,
I have the honor to inform you that your report of the shipment of Recruits, as per letter of March 26, to these Head Quarters, meets the approval of the General.

I am, Colonel, Very Respectfully,
Yr. Obdt. Servant,
Stuart M. Taylor, Capt. & Asst. A. Genl.

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April 7, 1865

Hd.-Qrs. Sup't. Recruitment and Organization Colored Troops
Department of the South

Lieut. Col. R. P. Hutchins<
94th Ohio Vol. Infty.
Recruiting Officer, Charleston, S.C.

Colonel,
I am instructed to inquire why you have failed to render the proper bi- monthly reports and Monthly Returns of the Recruiting service under your charge since you have assumed control of the same - Army Regulations are explicit in this respect - and General Saxton can see no excuse for this failure on your part to comply with prescribed rules. If necessary blanks have not been supplied to you - corresponding forms thereto should have been ruled in Ink for this purpose.

Your Monthly Return for March has not been received, nor a single enlistment paper - see Page 135 R. A. R. 1863. You will please give your reasons at once for this apparent neglect of duty.

I am, Sir, Your Obed't. Serv't.,
Stuart M. Taylor, A. A. Gen'l.

April 10, 1865
Office, Asst. Supnt Rec., Charleston, S.C.
Brevet Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Genl. Supnt.. Rec.

Sir
I have the honor to transmit for your information the names of the following named officers, Sergeants and Privates, which I desire to be ordered to report to me for duty connected with the recruiting Service.

Captain William Spencer, Co. E, 11th Iowa Vols.
Sergeant Geo. D. Kaufman, 45th Penn. Vols.
Private H. A. Cohen, 56th NY, Clerk at Dist. H. Qrs.
" James T. Ayres, 129th Ill., 3rd Brig. C
" John C. Honland, Co. A, 12th N.Y. Vols.
" Thomas L. Niswall, Co. K, N.Y.V.

I have the honor to be, General,
Very Respectfully, Your Obt. Serv.
R. P. Hutchins
Lt. Col. 94th Ohio Infy. and Asst. Sup. Rec.

April 21, 1865
Headquarters, Dept. of the South

Respectfully refused by Brev. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton, Supt. Recy. & Org. Col. Troops for information whether Capt. W. Spencer, Serg. Kaufman, and Privates Ayers and Niswall are in this Department, and if so, where they are stationed?

By Command of
Maj. Genl. Gillmore
W. M. Burger, Asst. Adj. Genl.

April 28, 1865

Respectfully returned to Lt. Col. Hutchins, 94th Ohio Vols and asst Supt. Rec. through Bvt. Maj. Gen. R. Saxton. These men not being a part of this command the Maj. Genl. Commanding has no authority to detain them. Cohen and Howland have been detained.

By Command of Maj. Genl. Gillmore
V. D. Hodgins, Capt. 32nd U.S.C.T., A.A.A.D.

April 20, 1865

Head-Quarters
Superintendent Recruitment and Organization of Colored Troops
Department of the South
Assistant adjutant General's Office, Beaufort, S.C.

Lt. Col. Hutchins
94th Ohio Vols., Rec. Office

Sir
I have the honor to request that you will please forward to me immediately the names of all the comm. officers detained for duty with you and now serving under you on Recruiting duty.

Their names have to be submitted in my report to the War Dept.

Very Respectfully,
Your Obt. Serv.
Staunton M. Taylor, A. A. D.

April 20, 1865

Charleston, S.C.
Brevet Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Supt. Recruiting Bureau D. S.

General
I have the honor to present myself as a candidate for a Captaincy in the Regiment to be organized by Colonel Hutchins.

I am, Very Respectfully, Your Obt. Servt.,
James F. Graves
2nd Lieut. 21st U.S.C.T.

April 23, 1865

Office Asst. Sup. Rec., Charleston, S.C.
Respectfully forwarded and recommended. I know Lt. Graves personally and think he will make an efficient officer.

R. P. Hutchins Lt. Col. 94th Ohio Infy.

April 24, 1865

Charleston, South Carolina

Brevet Major Gen. Saxton Superintendent Recruiting Bureau D. S. General

I have the honor to apply for a commission in the regiment of Colonel Hutchins, soon to be formed in this city.

I am, General, Very Respectfully, Your Obedient
Servant Samuel O'Neill
2nd Sargt. Co. A. 127th N.Y.V.

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Southern Surrenders Change Recruiting Policy

The surrender of General Lee on April 9 and Gen. Joe Johnston two weeks later removed the Confederacy's two largest armies from the conflict. While smaller Confederate forces continued to fight elsewhere, the Federal army began to scale back its recruiting program.

April 27, 1865

Hd.-Qrs. Sup't Recruitment and Organization Colored Troops
Department of the South, Beaufort, S.C.

Lt. Col. R. P. Hutchins
Asst. Supt. Rect. Charleston S.C.

Colonel
I have the honor to invite your attention to the following telegram just received from the Provost Marshal Gen. Office. Viz.:

War Department, Prov. Mar. Gen. Office
Washington, D.C., April; 22, 1865

"The call for troops made December 19, 1864, under section one of the act approved July 4th, 1864, and by virtue of which act the men enlisting as soldiers became entitled to certain bounties, having been filled so far as required and the recruitment of vols. in loyal States having been discontinued, the Secretary of War directs that no bounty be allowed or paid for any Volunteers after the receipt by you of this order. Acknowledge the receipt immediately.

If you offer to enlist after receipt of this order, let them understand they must do so without bounty."

James B. Fry
Prov. Mar. General
I am instructed by Brev. Maj. Gen. R. Saxton to inform you that after the receipt of this telegram, no more bounties will be paid to Volunteers. If they enlist, they must do so without hope of receiving bounty. Please cause all Hand Bills, heretofore distributed, which promised Government Bounty, to be destroyed.

I am, Colonel, Very Respectfully,
Yr. Obt. Servant,
Staunton Taylor, Ast, Adjt. General

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Recruting Begins

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April 28, 1865

Hilton Head, S.C.

Lieut. Col. Hutchins 94th Ohio Vol. Depty. Assistant Surp. Recruiting in the Dept. of the South has authority to accompany any expedition to the interior sent from any of the posts in this Dept. or to send any officer that he may designate for the purpose of getting recruits for colored regiments.

Commanding officers are directed to furnish any necessary facilities for this object.

S. A. Gilmore, Maj. Genl.

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ATTENTION CHARLESTONIANS! RALLY ROUND THE FLAG!

To the Free Colored Men of Charleston!
The free colored men in this city between the ages of 18 and 45 are hereby earnestly called upon to come forward to join the
CHARLESTON REGIMENT now to be organized. It is the duty of every Colored Man to vindicate his manhood by becoming a soldier, and with his own stout arm to battle for the emancipation of his race. I urge you by every hope that is dear to humanity, by every free inspiration which a sense of liberty has kindled in your hearts, to be Soldiers until the Freedom of your race is secure. The prospect of your future destiny should be enough to call every man to the ranks. But in addition, you are to have the PAY, RATIONS, AND CLOTHING
OUR OTHER SOLDIERS RECEIVE.
Let a full Regiment of the Colored Free Men of Charleston be under arms to protect the heritage which has been promised to your race in this Department. Pay of Artillery, Infantry
and Cavalry Soldiers Grade - Pay per Month - Pay Per Year
Sergeant Major of Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry $26 $312
Quartermaster Sergeant Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry $22 $264
Commisary Sergeant " " " $22 $264
Orderly Sergeant " " " $24 $288
Sergeants " " " $20 $240
Corporals " " " $18 $216
Privates " " " $16 $192
Musicians " " " $16 $192
Principal Musicians " " " $22 $264

In addition to the pay as above stated, ONE RATION per day, and an abundant supply of GOOD CLOTHING, are allowed to each soldier. QUARTERS, FUEL, and MEDICAL ATTENTION are always provided by the Government, without deduction from the soldier's pay. If a soldier should become disabled in the line of his duties, the laws provide for him a pension, or he may, if he prefer it, obtain admission into the "SOLDIER'S HOME", which will afford him a comfortable home, so long as he may wish to receive its benefits. All desired information given at Recruiting Office, No. 64, Philip Street, cor. Calhoun.

M. R. DELANEY, Major, 104th U. S. C. T.
R. P. HUTCHINS, Colonel,
Office, No. 123 CALHOUN STREET

April 28, 1865

Headquarters, Department of the South
Hilton Head, S.C.

I take pleasure in recommending to Colonel Hutchins, both Sergeant O'Neill and Private W. F. Wood of Co. A 127th N.Y.V. as good soldiers and intelligent gentlemen, who will, in my judgment, make efficient officers.

Stewart L. Woodford
Colonel & Chief of Staff, D.S.

May 2, 1865

Charleston, S.C.

Brevet Major Genl. Saxton
Supt. Recruiting Bureau, S.C.

General
We have the honor to recommend to your favorable consideration Private Thomas Birdsall of Co. A 127th N. Y. V. who desires a position as Quartermaster in one of the regiments of U.S.C.T. now formed or forming in this Department. Private Birdsall has served with the company for nearly three years and for a large portion of the time as Company Clerk, thus giving us a good opportunity to judge of his business capabilities as well as his efficiency as a soldier, and assuring us that he can fulfill the duties of the desired position with great ability and fidelity to the interests of his command and Government. For the last five months Private Birdsall has been serving as clerk to Capt. Perry, A. A. G. Hd. Qrs. Northern District Dept. South.

Very respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,
Ohm L. Little, Capt., Co. A, 127th N.Y.V.
James F. Hanland, 1st Lieut. Co. A, 127th N.Y.V.
Ratterson, 2nd Lieut., Co. A, 127th N.Y.V.

I can fully recommend Private Birdsall as in every way suited for the appointment of Quartermaster or Adjutant. He has proved himself almost invaluable to me.

Lemar B. Perry, Assistant Adjutant General

May 3, 1865

Hd.-Qrs. Sup't. Recruitment and Organization of Colored Troops
Department of the South, Beaufort, S.C.

Special Order No. 19

II. Sergt. H. Y. Harrington Co. C 157th N. Y. Vols. having reported to Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton for assignment to duty in accordance to Par. II S. O. No. 90 C.S. dated Head Quarters Department of the South, April 9, 1865, is hereby assigned duty with Lieut. Col. R. P. Hutchins 94th Ohio Vols. Supt. Rectg. at Charleston S. C. and will report without delay to that officer with a view to his appointment in the 105th U.S.C.T.

The Quartermasters Dept. is respectfully requested to furnish the necessary transportation.

Bu Order of Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Stuart M. Taylor, Asst. Adjt. Genl.

May 3, 1865

Hd.-Qrs. Sup't Recruitment and Organization of Colored Troops
Department of the South, Beaufort, S.C.

Special Orders No. 19

III. Lieut. Col. R. P. Hutchins 94th Ohio Vol & Asst. Supt. Recruiting Charleston, S.C. will at once commence the organization of the Regiment of which he will be appointed Colonel and to be known as the 105th U.S.C.T.

The men will be recruited as rapidly as possible at Charleston S.C. and the camp established at or near that city.

Lieut. Col. Hutchins will communicate to these HeadQuarters the names of such officers and men as he may think competent to be appointed to Lieutenancy's in his Regt. and the necessary orders will be issued if the nominations meet with the approval of the General Superintendent.

By order of Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton, Genl. Supr.
Staunton Taylor, Asst. Adjt. Genl.

Editor's Note- Apparently recruits were forthcoming, a camp was established and barracks improved. The men moved into the camp and began training and performing military work.

May 4, 1865

Office Asst. Supt. Rec., Charleston, S.C.
Capt. S. B. Perry, A. A. Genl.

Sir
I have the honor to request the use of a Steamer for three hours to bring lumber down the Ashley River, which I am informed by Chief Engineer Tower U.S.N. can be had by sending up the river a short distance. The lumber is necessary for the construction of bunks in Barracks.

I am, Captain, Very Respectfully Your Obt. Servant,
R. P. Hutchins
Lt. Col. 94th Ohio Inf. and Asst. Sup. Rec.

May 6, 1865

Hd. Qrs. A. D. D. I.
Charleston, S.C.

Respy. Returned. This Officer has no authority to seize lumber. If he needs any he will make his requisition on the Qr. Mrs. Dept.

By Command of Brig. Genl. Hatch

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Halt in Colored Recruiting Ordered

May 6, 1865

Headquarters Supt. Rec. & Org. C. T. D. S. Beaufort, S.C.

General Order No. 4

Instructions having been received this day from the War Department, to the effect that the Recruiting throughout this Department of Colored men be at once discontinued, in accordance wherewith, it is hereby ordered, that the Recruiting Officers on duty at the several Rendezvous in this Department will immediately upon receipt of this order, stop all enlistments as Recruits.

The officers concerned will with as little delay as possible, close up their accounts and order book to their respective regiments & their Recruiting parties, which being accomplished they will in person report at the Headquarters for further instruction.

By order of Brev. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Sup. Rec. & Org. C. T. D. S.
Staunton M. Taylor, Asst. Adj. Genl.

May 7, 1865

Headquarters Northern District, Dept. South
Charleston, S. C.

Major W, M. Burgns
Asst. Adjt. Genl., Hd. Qrs. Dept. South

Major
I have the honor to inform you that Major Delaney recruiting here for the 105th U.S.C.T. promises the men that the Regiment is recruited for home service and will remain in Charleston. Believing he had no authority to make such promises, I sent for him and questioned him on the subject. He informs me that he is authorized by Lt. Col. R. P. Hutchins to make the men this promise. Will you please call the attention of the Department Commander to this matter - it can not be the design of the Government to deceive these ignorant men.

Very respectfully, Your Obedt. Svt.
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Brig. Genl. Commanding

May 13, 1865

Hd. Qrs. Supt. Rec. & Orgn. C.S.D.S.
Beaufort, S.C.

Respectfully referred to Lt. Col. R. P. Hutchins 94th O.V. late Asst. Supt. Recruiting at Charleston S.C. for report.

By order of Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Stuart M. Taylor, Asst. Adj. Genl.

May 18, 1865

Office, Asst. Sup. Rec.
Charleston, S.C.

Respectfully returned with the information that the men of the 105th U.S.C.T. were enlisted under the same promises as all others, with the exception that the Regiment was to be organized at Charleston, S.C. and temporarily encamped at or near the city, as per your order No. 19

Maj. Genl. Saxton.

Rue P. Hutchins
Lieut., Col. 94th Ohio Infy.

May 31, 1865

Hd. Qrs. Sup. Rec. Org. Col. Trs.
Beaufort, S.C.

Special Orders No. 32

IV. Further Recruitment of Colored Troops in the Department of the South having been stopped by Order from the War Department, Lt. Col. R. P. Hutchins 94th Ohio Vols., late Asst. Supt. of Recruiting at Charleston, S.C. is hereby relieved from further duty connected with the Recruiting Service, and will report for duty with his Regiment at Washington, D.C. or wherever it may now be, subject to recall if the Recruitment of the Regiment to which he was to be appointed Colonel, is hereafter authorized.

The Quartermaster's Department will please furnish the necessary transportation.

By order of Brev. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Staunton Taylor, Ass't. Adjt. Genl.

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Attempts to Aid Recruits

Editor's Note - The War officially ended in August 1865 and the Federal Government moved rapidly to disband the U.S.C.T. regiments. Many of the black recruits found themselves abandoned in a South where they had no help from their former Confederate masters or the rapidly demobilizing federal army.

December 11, 1865

Hd. Qrs. Mil. Disct. of C.
Charleston, S.C.

Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Asst. Com. Refuges Freedmen Dept. South Carolina & Georgia

Genl.
Many of the recruits enlisted in Col'd. Regiments organized in this Department this year were not paid their bounties in joining their Regiments and having since discharged for Physical disability existing prior to enlistment , and not entitled to any bounty by existing orders and regulations, Their cases differ from that of men enlisting in loyal states during the war, in two important points - viz., these men's families received not standard and usually no provisions! these men having left their former employers or masters for the purpose of enlisting in the army, cannot usually find employment either with those employers or elsewhere, thus being reduced to suffering or crime.

I beg you to lay this subject before the authorities at Washington to decide what relief should be furnished these discharged soldiers. I would respectfully recommend some means to be taken to give them employment if possible.

Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant
A. S. Hartwill, Bvt. Brig. General

December 16, 1865

Head Quarters Mil. Dist. of C.
Charleston, S.C.

Bvt. Maj. Genl. R. Saxton
Asst. Comm. Refugees Freedmen Dept. South Carolina & Georgia

General
Many of the Recruits enlisting in Col'd. Regiments organized in this Department this year were not paid their bounties on joining their Regiments and being since discharged for Physical disability existing prior to enlistment are not entitled to any bounty by existing orders and regulations.

Their case differs from that of men enlisting in loyal States during the war in two important points - viz.: these men's families received no state aid and usually no provisions! These men having left their former employers or masters for the purpose of enlisting in the Army, cannot easily find employment either with those employers or elsewhere, thereby being reduced to suffering or crime. I beg you to lay this subject before the authorities at Washington to decide what relief should be furnished these discharged soldiers.

I would respectfully recommend some means to be taken to give them employment if possible.

Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,
A. S. Hartwill, Bvt. Brig. General

December 28, 1865

Head Quarters Mil. Dist. of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

Col. C. W. Foster
Asst. Adjt. General
Washington, D.C.

Colonel
In my report to the Hon. Secretary of War of 2nd inst. referred to the case of men enlisted for the 105th U.S.C.T. which organization being incomplete on the receipt of orders to suspend recruiting was disbanded and the men, several hundred who had been kept four or five months under guard and on fatigue duty, were re-examined by a Surgeon and sent to Regiments in the field, or rejected without pay or allowance. The number rejected was very large and I hope some steps may be taken to pay them for the time they were detained.

They were not mustered and Government is not responsible for their pay, but I would respectfully urge that by right these men would have been properly examined on their arrival at the recruiting rendezvous, and not kept for months and then subjected to another medical examination, whereby if discharged they obtain no legal claim upon Government for pay for the time that they had been detained by Military Authority.

I respectfully call attention to enclosed copy of letter to Bvt. Maj. General R. Saxton Asst. Comm. of Refugees, Freedmen and ask on the case of Col'd. Soldiers discharged from Regiments organized in this Department - in connection with this subject - I would respectfully suggest that as the Col'd. Regiments raised in this State are being mustered out and many cases are arising and will arise of families of deceased soldiers needing aid to obtain final settlements, and of discharged soldiers having claims for bounties due them by State recruiting agents to pay for which advise their means would often be exhausted, some officer be appointed as special Judge Advocate in their behalf.

Many of these claims for bounty from State Agents can be obtained by writing to the Governors as has been frequently done. Many such claims must be legally prosecuted. The facts that these mens families received no State aid, that the bounties they actually rec'd have been so small, that on leaving the U. S. service they find so much difficulty in obtaining situations with Southern Messrs. who naturally object to hiring those who left them to enter the service, seems to warrant such assistance being afforded them.

Very Respectfully, Your Obedient Servant,
A. S. Hartwill, Bv. Brig. General

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