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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 55.

Washington, February 12, 1864. Upon the death of a Commissioned Officer, in a general hospital, the Surgeon in charge, besides forwarding to the Adjutant General the required inventory of his effects, will immediately iuform the nearest relative of the officer what effects were left by him. If at the expiration of two months the articles are not called for by a person authorized to receive them, they will be sold at auction, and the proceeds sent to the Treasury, as prescribed by Regulations for the effects of enlisted men. Swords, watches, trinkets, and articles of that class will not be disposed of in this manner, but will be properly labeled with the name, rank, and regiment, and date of death of the owner, and sent to the Adjutant General's Office, to be deposited with the Second Auditor of the Treasury to await the application of the heirs.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 15, 1864.

No. 58.

Alton, Illinois, attached to the Department of the Missouri, in General Orders, No. 135, of September 19, 1862, is hereby re-transferred to that Department, from the Northern Department.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistent Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 18, 1864.

No. 64.

Refugees and Rebel Desertere. Whenever refugees from within the Rebel lines, or deserters from the Rebel armies, present themselves at U. S. Camps or Military Posts, they will be immediately examined by the Provost Marshal with a view to determine their character, and their motive in giving themselves up. If it appear that they are honest in their intention of forever deserting the Rebel cause, care will be taken to explain to them that they will not be forced to serve in the U. S. Army against the Rebels, nor be kept in confinement. The President's Proclamation of December 8, 1863, will be read to them, and if they so desire, the oath therein prescribed will be administered to them. They will then be questioned as to whether they desire employment from the United States ; and if so, such arrangements as may be expedient will be made by the several Army i ommanders for employing them on Government works within their commands. Those who come to the Army of the Potomac will be forwarded to the Military Governor of the District of Columbia, at Washington, with reports in their cases, that employment may be given them if desired; or, if not, that they may be sent as far North as Philadelphia.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

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