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immediately submit a statement of their case, through the proper channel, to this office, for further consideration. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General.

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General Orders,

HEADQ’RS OF THE ARMY, ADJ'T GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 107.

Washington, December 12, 1861. The following orders are issued by direction of the Secretary of War:

1.—All claims to be brought before the Investigating Committee now in session at St. Louis to examine accounts against the United States Government for expenditures in the Military Department of the West previous to October · 14, 1861, must be presented to the said Committee on or before the 1st day of January, 1862, or they will not be considered.

II.—The Subsistence Department will purchase, at cost prices, all sound articles of subsistence saved by troops or employees by an economical use or management of the ration. All other sales of provisions issued by the Government, to any person whomsoever, are strictly forbidden. This regulation is intended to embrace savings from bakeries and in hospitals, as well as all other savings from the army ration. See in this connection General-Orders No. 82, of September 23, 1861. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General.

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HEADQʻRS OF THE ARMY, ADJ'T GENERAL'S OFFICE, No. 108.

Washington, December 16, 1861. I.—The Secretary of War directs that the following change be made in the uniform trowsers of regimental officers and enlisted men: The cloth to be skyblue mixture. The welt for officers, and stripes for non-commissioned officers of Infantry, to be of dark blue.

II.— Whenever enlisted men, or volunteers, are separated from their companies on furlough, on detached service, or in hospitals, they will be furnished by their commanding officers with descriptive lists on which will be shown all the data affecting their pay, clothing accounts, &c.

III.-The numerous applications for transfer of soldiers from one regiment or company to another would, if complied with, cause confusion in the records, and be injurious to the future interests of the soldiers themselves. Such transfers will not henceforth be made. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General.

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General Orders, ? HEADQ’RS OF THE ARMY, ADJ'T GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 109.

Washington, December 21, 1861. The Commanding General has the satisfaction of announcing to the Army another instance of skill and good conduct, on the part of the beleagured garrison of Fort Pickens, harbor of Pensacola, under the command of Colonel HARVEY BROWN, 5th Regiment U. S. Artillery.

On the night of October 9th, an attempt was made by a large body of the rebels to burn the Camp of Wilson's Zouaves, spike the guns of the outer batteries, and take Fort Pickens by assault. The enemy were signally repulsed from Santa Rosa Island, with heavy loss on their side, after firing a few of our tents.

A subsequent attempt to make a lodgment on the Island was defeated by well delivered fire from one of our ships of war.

To put a stop to such aggressions, a combined fire was opened upon the enemy's batteries, from Fort Pickens and the ships of our squadron in Pensacola harbor, which was kept up throughout the 22d and 23d of November. On the first day, Fort McCrae, and several guns in the other hostile batteries, were silenced, and this was followed by the destruction under our heavy cannonade, of nearly two-thirds of the towns of Warrington and Wolsey, adjoining the Navy Yard, and by very serious damage to the Navy Yard and its buildings. Fortunately, but little loss was sustained by us in men, or in the condition of our works.

It is with pride and gratification that the Commanding General finds in the official reports the most honorable mention of each and every officer, as well as of the enlisted men engaged on these occasions. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General.

General Orders,

HEADQ’RS OF THE ARMY, ADJ'T GENERAL'S OFFICE, No 110..

Washington, December 26, 1861. 1.–First Lieutenant J. C. Ives, Topographical Engineers U. S. Army, having tendered his resignation under circumstances showing him to be disloyal to the Government, is, by direction of the President of the United States, dismis. sed the service from this date.

II.—The remainder of the sentence promulgated in “ General Orders," No. 6, of March 12, 1860, against Major Osborne Cross, Quartermaster's Department U. S. Army, is, by direction of the President, hereby remitted. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General

General Orders, HEADQ’RS OF THE ARMY, ADJ'T GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 111.

Washington, December 30, 1861. The following Acts of Congress are published for the information of the Army:

I.-AN ACT relative to Courts Martial in the Army. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That in time of war the commander of a division or separate brigade may appoint general courts martial, and confirm cxecute, pardon, and mitigate their sentences, as allowed and restrained in the sixty-fifth and eighty-ninth articles of war to commanders of armies and departments : Provided, That sentences of such courts, extending to loss of life, or dismission of a commissioned officer, shall require the confirmation of the general commanding the army in the field to which the division or brigade belongs: And provided further : That when the division or brigade commander shall be the accuser or prosecutor, the court shall be appointed by the next higher commander.

Approved December 24, 1861. II.-AN ACT to provide for Allotment Certificates among the Volunteer

Forces. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States shall appoint, for each State having volunteers in the United States service, not exceeding three persons, who shall be authorized by the President's commission to visit the several departments of the army in which volunteers from their respective States 'may be, and there procure from said volunteers from time to time their respective allotments of their pay to their families or friends, duly certified in writing, and by them, or by some commissioned officer of such department, attested in pursuance of such orders as may be made for that purpose by the Secretary of War, and upon which certified allotment the several paymasters shall, at each regular payment to troops, give drafts payable in the city of New York, to the order of such persons to whom said allotments were or may be made.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the persons appointed as commissioners to carry into effect the preceding section of this act, shall receive no pay of emoluments whatever from the Treasury of the United States.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the fifth section of the act of twelfth June, eighteen hundred and fisty-eight, giving sutlers a lien upon the soldiers' pay, be, and the same is hereby, repealed ; and all regulations giving sutlers rights and privileges beyond the Rules and Articles of War, be, and the same are hereby, abrogated.

Approved December 24, 1861.
III.—The following are the Rules and Articles of War which refer to sutlers:

ART. 29. No sutler shall be permitted to sell any kind of liquors or victuals, or to keep their houses or shops open for the entertainment of soldiers, after nine at night, or before the beating of the reveille, or upon Sundays during divine service or sermon, on the penalty of being dismissed from all future sutling.

ART. 30. All officers commanding in-the field, forts, barracks, or garrisons of the United States, are hereby required to see that the persons permitted to suttle shall supply the soldiers with good and wholesome provisions, or other articles, at a reasonable price, as they shall be answerable for their neglect.

ART. 31. No officer commanding in any of the garrisons, forts, or barracks of the United States, shall exact exorbitant prices for houses or stalls let out to sutlers, or connive at the like exactions in others; nor by his own authority, and for his private advantage, lay any duty or imposition upon, or be interested in, the sale of any victuals, liquors, or other necessaries of life brought into the garrison, fort, or barracks, for the use of the soldiers, on the penalty of being discharged from the service.

ART. 60. All sutlers, and retainers to the camp, and all persons whatsoever, serving with the armies of the United States in the field, though not enlisted soldiers, are to be subject to orders, according to the rules and discipline of

war.

IV.-JOINT RESOLUTION expressive of the recognition by Congress of the

gallant and patriotic services of the late Brigadier General NATHANIEL LYON, and the officers and soldiers under his command at the battle of Springfield, Missouri.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, 1. That Congress deems it just and proper to enter upon its records a recognition of the eminent and patriotic services of the

late Brigadier General NATHANIEL LYON. The country to whose service he devoted his life will guard and preserve his fame as a part of its own glory.

2. That the thanks of Congress are hereby given to the brave officers and soldiers who, under the command of the late General Lyon, sustained the honor of the flag, and achieved victory against overwhelming numbers at the battle of Springfield, in Missouri; and that in order to commemorate an event so honorable to the country and to themselves, it is ordered that each regiment engaged sball be authorized to bear upon its colors the word “SPRINGFIELD,” embroidered in letters of gold. And the President of the United States is hereby requested to cause these resolutions to be read at the head of every regiment in the army of the United States.

Approved December 24, 1861.

V.—The President of the United States directs that the foregoing JOINT RESOLUTION be read at the head of every regiment in the army of the United States. BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL MCCLELLAN:

L. THOMAS, Adjutant General.

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