1865 June 3: Where the Troops Will Muster Out
The following comes from The Prescott Journal of June 3, 1865.
Important Order for the Mustering Out of Troops.
NEW YORK, May 26.— The following is a synopsis of an important order just issued from the War Department, relative to mustering out and discharge of volunteers :
The several divisions of the various army corps will be kept intact, and commanding generals on receipt of orders directing any portion of said forces to be mustered out, will order the same, if not already thereat, to one of the following rendezvous :
First : Troops of the Middle Military Department, and of other armies or Departments acting therein, will rendezvous in the defenses of Washington, D. C., Harper’s Ferry, and Cumberland, Maryland.
Second. Those of the military department of the James, at Richmond and Old Point Comfort, Va.
Third. Those of the department of North Carolina will assemble at Newbern [sic] and Wilmington.
Fourth. The department of the south at Charleston, S. C., and Savannah, Ga.
Fifth. The military department west of the Mississippi, at Mobile, New Orleans and Vicksburg.
Sixth. The military division of Missouri, at Little Rock, St. Louis and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Seventh. The department of the Cumberland, at Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee.
Eighth. The department of Kentucky, at Louisville.
Ninth. The middle department, at Baltimore.
Special orders will be given from the Adjutant General’s office, relative to the troops of the East Pennsylvania, North West, Mexico, and the Pacific as the time for the discharge of said troops approaches. In case of one or more regiments of a division being mustered out, the division remaining in the field, the said regiment or regiments will be mustered at the place, where found serving at the time, and sent home.
The Adjutant General of the army will designate the places and rendezvous in the states to which the regiments, after being mustered out, will be forwarded for payment. Every regiment will be sent forward to their rendezvous as soon as the rolls are complete, carrying with them their arms, colors and necessary equipage. On the arrival of the regiments in their respective states, payment and supplies will be furnished by the respective supply departments on requisition and returns consigned by the chief mustering officer or his assistant.