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presence is required with his regiment, and most of all under the circumstances usually existing where casualties like that referred to occur.

To illustrate this necessity I will cite an instance of an army corps from which seven brigadiers are now absent, six of whom have been recently wounded. There is an obvious objection to multiplying the number of general officers, but it may be readily removed by providing for the subsequent reduction whenever there are supernumeraries present for duty; and I would suggest that the determination as to who should be discharged might be made to depend upon the inquiry and report of an Army Board, to be organized according to established law and usage.

Jefferson Davis.


Richmond, Va., October 11, 1862.

To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit for your information communications from the Heads of the several Departments, submitting lists of their clerks and employees, in response to your resolution of the 5th April, asking for the same.

Jefferson Davis.


Richmond, Va., October 11, 1862.

To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit a communication from the Sec. of War, in response to your resolution of the 9th inst., in reference to the disbanding of Wheat's Battalion of Louisiana.

Jefferson Davis.


Richmond, Oct. 11, 1862.

To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Heads of the several Departments, in response to your resolution of the 21st April, asking the amount of funds which has been sent abroad, to officers or agents of the Government, for military or naval purposes.

Jefferson Davis.