Signed by a Pennsylvania officer wounded and captured at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.
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Provost Marshal General's Office
Washington, D.C., October 6, 1864
To. Col. R.C. Buchanan, 1st U.S. Inf.
Act. Ass't Provost Marshal General
The "Daily Reports of the state of the draft," received at this office, disclose the fact that an extraordinary proportion of drafted men fail to report for examination. You will immediately adopt the best course you can devise to secure the arrest of the delinquents, and, under no circumstance, permit them to lurk within your jurisdiction. You will, whenever necessary, invoke the aid of such military authorities as are within your reach, and request the co-operation of the civil authorities.
JAMES B. FRY
Provost Marshal General
Captain, and Act. Ass't Adjt. Gen.
12 Pa. Reserves
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Theodore McMurtrie, who signed this document in ink, enlisted on August 18, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. D, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry, known as the "Bucktails." He was discharged for promotion on January 10, 1862, and was commissioned into the field and staff of the 41st Pennsylvania Infantry, with rank of 1st lieutenant and regimental adjutant. He was severely wounded and captured at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., on December 13, 1862, the wound resulting in the amputation of his left leg. He was transferred out of this regiment on October 18, 1863, and served out the war in the Veteran Reserve Corps.