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Washington, March 11, 1867.
The following Act of Congress is published for the information and government of all concerned:
AN ACT for the relief of certain drafted men.
WHEREAS certain persons, drafted into the military service under the
cails of the President of the United States, made February first, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, ari March fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, paid the sum of three hundred dollars each, being the amount of commutation fixed for such service under the fifth Section of the amendatory enrollment act of February twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and the same persons were afterwards again drafted, under the call of December nineteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, (being within one year of the previous draft, and before the filling of the quotas assigned under the two calls first named above,) and were then required to enter the service or Turnish substitutes; and whereas the true intent and meaning of the fifth section of the amendatory act aforesaid was to exempt persons thus paying commutation from further draft until that quota should be filled, and not exceeding one year: Therefvre
Be it cracted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to refund to each person drafted as aforesaid, who paid commutation and was also required to enter the service or furnish a substitute as aforesaid, the sum of three hundred dollars, being the sum of money so as aforesaid paid by him; and there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, a suni sufficient to make such payments.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War is authorized and required to refund from the commutation money the amount (not exceeding three hundred dollars in any one case) paid by any person drafted during the late war who furnished a substitute or paid commutation money, wherever it shall appear that, under the decisions and rules of the War Department governing at the time, the said person was entitled to discharge from the obligation to render personal service under the draft for which he paid money or furnished a substitute ; and to refund, in like manner, in all cases wherein it shall appear that a person so having paid commutation money or furnished a substitute was not legally liable to draft: Provided, That this section shall apply only to claims received at the War Department prior to its passage.
Approved, February 28, 1867.
BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR :
E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General,
Assistant Adjutant General.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, March 12, 1867.
By direction of the President, the following changes are made in Geographical Departments as now constituted:
1.. The States of West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to constitute the Department of the Cumberland, Brigadier and Brevet Major General John Pope to command. Headquarters, Louisville, Kentucky.
II.. The counties of Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, are annexed to the command of the First District.
III.. Indian Territory is attached to the Department of the Missouri.
BY COMMAND OF GENERAL GRANT:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant General. OFFICIAL:
Assistant Adjutant General.