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EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN NURSES.

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General Orders, No. 351.
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

WASHINGTON, October 29th, 1863. The employment of women nurses in the United States general hospitals will, in future, be strictly governed by the following rules :

1. Persons approved by Miss Dix, or her authorized agents, will receive from her, or them, “ certificates of approval,” which must be countersigned by medical directors upon their assignment to duty as nurses within their departments.

2. Assignments of “women nurses” to duty in general hospitals will only be made upon application by the surgeons in charge, through medical directors, to Miss Dix or her agents, for the number they require, not exceeding one to every thirty beds.

3. No females except hospital matrons will be employed in general hospitals, or, after December 31st, 1863, borne upon the muster or pay rolls, without such certificate of approval and regular assignment, unless specially appointed by the surgeon-general.

4. Women nurses, while on duty in general hospitals, are under the exclusive control of the senior medical officer, who will direct their several duties, and may be discharged by him when considered supernumerary, or for incompetency, insubordination, or violation of his orders. Such discharge, with the reasons therefor, being indorsed upon the certificate, will be at once returned to Miss Dix. By order of the Secretary of War.

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEW REGULATION FOR MUSTER ROLLS.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, PROVOST-MARSHAL GENERAL'S OFFICE,

WASHINGTON, November 25th, 1863. CIRCULAR No. 103.—Paragraph 3, of Circular No. 96 of October 23d, 1863, is hereby amended to read as follows:

These rolls shall be made in quadruplicate, and each shall be signed by the provost-marshal, who shall certify to the muster of each man from the date of his enlistment One copy of this roll shall be sent, at its date, to the adju tant-general of the army; one, at the same time, to the adjutant-general of the State; one, at the same time, to the superintendent of volunteer recruiting service, or the chief mustering and disbursing officer for the State; and the fourth shall be sent, with the clothing account of each man, and one copy of his enlistment (as hereinafter directed), to the general rendezvous with the detachment. Provost-marshals are directed to keep a record book of musters in to Uniter States service.

JAMES B. Fry, Provost-Marshal General.

FURLOUGHS TO REËNLISTED VOLUNTEERS.

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WASHINGTON, November, 1863. 1. It is hereby ordered that volunteers now in service: reënlisting as veteran volunteers under General Orders, No. 191, from this office, shall have a furlough for at least thirty days previous to the expiration of their original enlistment.

This privilege will be secured to the volunteers either by ordering all so reënlisting with their officers to report in their respective States, through the Governor, to the super

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intendent of the recruiting service, for furlough and reorganization, or by granting furloughs to the men individually.

2. Mustering officers shall make the following stipulation on the muster in rolls of veteran volunteers now in service, reënlisting as above: “To have a furlough of at least thirty days in their States, before expiration of original term."

3. Commanding generals of departments and armies are hereby authorized to grant the aforesaid furloughs within the limit of the time fixed in compliance with this order, as the demands of the service will best permit, reporting their action to the adjutant-general of the army.

4. In going to and from their respective States and homes, the veteran volunteers furloughed as above will be furnished with transportation by the quartermaster's department.

5. When the three-fourths of a company or regiment reënlist, the volunteers so enlisted may be furloughed in a body, for at least thirty days, to go home with their officers to their respective States, and to organize and recruit, and the individuals of the companies or regiments who do not reenlist shall be assigned to duty in other companies or regiments, until the expiration of their term of service. By order of the Secretary of War.

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR ENLISTMENTS IN THE REGULAR ARMY.

General Orders, No. 386.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

WASHINGTON, December 1st, 1863. The time for enlisting recruits in the regular army, under the provisions of General Orders of June 25th, 1863,. and No. 338 of October 16th, 1863, current series from this office, is hereby extended to June 25th, 1864, during which the extra bounty of $300 will be paid. By order of the Secretary of War.

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant-General. Official : R. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General

INDEX TO ORIGINAL FORMS.

NO.

PAGE

26

53

56

1. Application for an artificial limb by soldier in the service.......
2. Application for same by discharged soldier.....

27
3. Application for allowance in lieu of transportation and for extra duty pay, 34
4. Will of person in service of the United States...

37
5. Declaration and accompanying proof to enable the widow of a deceased

soldier to obtain the arrears of pay due to her husband, and the
bounty of $100, to which she is entitled by the act of Congress of 22d
July, 1861...

49
6. Proof of marriage by transcript from church books..

51
7. Certified copy of marriage recorded in family Bible..

52
8. Proof of marriage by witnesses present at the ceremony.
9. Proof of marriage by evidence of public repute....

54
10. Certificate of county clerk......

55
11. Declaration of guardian of minor children to obtain arrears of pay and

bounty .....
12. Declaration by father of deceased soldier to obtain arrears of pay and
bounty.......

58
13. Proof that deceased left no wife or child surviving him.

59
14. Declaration by mother of deceased soldier to obtain arrears of pay and
bounty......

60
15. Proof that deceased left no wife or child surviving him, and that his
father is dead....

61
16. Declaration by brothers and sisters of deceased soldier to obtain arrears
of pay and bounty.....

62
17. Proof of facts necessary to sustain the foregoing declaration.... 64
18. Application of a soldier discharged before the expiration of two years'

service for wounds received in battle, to obtain bounty under act of

March 3d, 1863.....
19. Declaration of mother of deceased soldier whose husband is living, but

who is a habitual drunkard, to obtain arrears of pay and bounty.... 68

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