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1864 February 13: Circular for the Discharge and Re-muster of Veteran Volunteers

February 15, 2014

The following information from the War Department is from the February 13, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.

An Important Circular.

The following circular, which has been sent us from Washington, contains regulations of the utmost importance to veteran soldiers.  Let them read and carefully digest :

Washington Jan. 25, 1864. }

To provide for the discharge and re-muster of Veteran Volunteers, in certain cases which may arise in the respective States, the following regulations are announced for the information and guidance of all concerned :

1.  Enlisted men, away from their respective regiments on Recruiting Service, at a draft rendezvous, or on other detached service which prevented them from being discharged and re-mustered with their proper commands in the field, may be discharged and re-mustered in their respective States ;  provided they are placed on the aforesaid detached duty by the order of the Department, Army or Corps Commander, to which their regiments or companies belong, or in which they were serving at the date the order detaching them was issued.

2.  Enlisted men who were not within the re-enlistment limits at the time their commands were furloughed, and who, in consequence of a declaration of intention to re-enlist, were permitted to go on furlough with their commands, may upon, their coming within the limits (i.e. have served two years) be discharged and re-mustered in the States.

3.  Enlisted men who were on furlough in the States, prior to their companien [sic: companies] or regiments being sent thereto will, at the expiration of their furloughs, be returned promptly to the armies in which their commands served, there to be discharged and re-mustered as veterans, if they are entitled to it.

4.  Enlisted men, other than the foregoing, such as sick and convalescents in hospitals, stragglers, those irregularly detached from their companies and regiments, &c, &c., will, in no case, be discharged and be re-mustered.

Commanders and other officers, under whose control such persons may be, will take immediate measures to return them, at the earliest possible date, to the armies to which their regiments and companies belong, there to be discharged and re-mustered prior to March 1st, 1864, they will receive the increased veteran bounties, as now authorized.

5.  The regulations as set forth in General Orders, No. 359, series of 1863, will be applicable to the discharges and re-musters as herein authorized ;  the Chief Mustering Officer for the State, and his Assistants, performing the duties assigned the Commissaries and Assistant Commissaries of Musters.  In so far as relates to the appointment of a Recruiting Officer, the Chief Mustering Officer will act, as set forth, for a regimental commander, (paragraph 4.)

Rolls must be promptly forwarded as directed in Paragraph 15, Mustering Regulations.

(Official.)   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   E. D. TOWNSEND [Edward D. Townsend],
.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .  . . Ass’t Adjutant General.

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