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Adjutant General's Office
Washington, October 16, 1865
To Chief Commissary of Musters
Military Division of the Tennessee
The following instructions are furnished for your information and guidance:
Men belonging to regiments which were raised in the States of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, and who, being absent at the muster out of their regiments, and did not receive their discharges, will, upon application to you, be furnished a discharge, if entitled to it, and (if the paymaster who paid the regiment has closed his rolls) be directed to apply to the Paymaster General U.S. Army, for such arrears of pay, bounty, &c., as may be due them.
Circular letter from this Office dated June 29, 1865, does not apply in such cases.
In furnishing such papers every precaution will be taken by investigation, &c., to prevent the issuing of duplicate discharges, and a report will be made monthly to this Office of all discharges furnished, except when furnished regularly to men at the time of muster out on regular muster-out rolls, giving a separate list for men of each regiment on a muster and descriptive roll blank, embracing in the first report all discharges furnished up to October 1, 1865.
Please notify Mustering Officers to prevent any misunderstanding.
Assistant Adjutant General.
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