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but in his voluntary and arduous labors in the field, the General desires, in the name of the Brigade, to thank him. He has proved himself not only the skillful engineer, but competent to discharge any and every duty incident to military life.
To Captain Hines, Aide-de-Camp, and to Acting Assistant Adju tant General Stein, the General tenders his acknowledgments for their ready and cheerful performance of the severe duties imposed upon them.
By order of
J. A. STEIN, Acting Ass't Adj't Gen.
Brigadier General T. A. MORRIS.
The call to arms was responded to with so much enthusiasm, that, upon the organization of the six regiments of three months' men, there yet remained twenty-nine companies in Camp Morton, besides which, sixty-eight companies, formed in different portions of the State, had tendered their services, and were begging for immediate acceptance.
Your Honor, deeply impressed with the conviction that additional forces would be called for by the President, and that the State Legislature, then in session, would provide by law for the organization of troops, for the defense of the State, concluded to accept a number of regiments for such service. Orders were accordingly issued for five regiments of twelve months' volunteers. to be formed, and camps of rendezvous were established for them at the following places:
12th Regiment, Camp Morton, Indianapolis. 13th do Camp Sullivan, do Camp Vigo, Terre Haute.
Camp Tippecanoe, Lafayette.
do Camp Wayne, Richmond. 17th do Camp Morton, Indianapolis.
A report, made by the Adjutant General to the President of the Senate, is herewith furnished, to show the companies accepted under said orders.
To the Senate of the State of Indiana:
Agreeably to the resolution of your Honorable Body, passed on the 10th instant, the undersigned respectfully reports as follows:
Pursuant to the orders of his Excellency, the Governor, five regiments of infantry, embracing the first fifty companies tendered, have been formed and ordered into camp in the order hereto appended.
Inasmuch as the companies were tendered for the three months' call, it became necessary to ascertain those which would offer for twelve months' service to the State. A part of many of the companies declined to engage for twelve months' service, and the captains were given time, until the 13th instant, to recruit. Until that time expires, it can not be determined as to whether all will respond to the order. It was deemed best not to publish the order forming the regiments until the companies composing them had all accepted.
After the formation of the five regiments, there remained in Camps Morton and Sullivan six companies, a part of which, it is said, have disbanded and returned to their homes. The others remain, awaiting the decision of his Excellency, the Governor, relative to the organization of the additional regiments under the bill
Twelfth Regiment, at Camp Morton.
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
do Fort Wayne.
Thirteenth Regiment, at Camp Morton.
From New Albany.
Fifteenth Regiment, at Camp Tippecanoe.
Fourteenth Regiment, at Camp Vigo.
do Jasper Co.
do Oxford, Benton Co.
do South Bend.
do Fairland, Shelby Co. do Shelbyville.
JOHN M. WALLACE,
At this juncture, the Legislature passed the law known as the Six Regiment Bill, providing for the employment of six regiments of volunteers for the protection of the citizens of the State, which, as it is quite brief, is here inserted.
AN ACT to provide for the employment of six regiments of volunteers, for the protection of the property and citizens of the State, and making provision for the organization and equipment of the same, and fixing the compensation of the officers and men comprising said force, and for procuring arms therefor.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, That the Governor be authorized and required to call into the active service of the State six regiments of volunteer militia, to be composed of the companies which have been organized and reported to the Adjutant General, under and pursuant to the Proclamation of the Governor, and which have not been mustered into the service of the United States, to be received and mustered into the service of the State in the order in which they were organized and reported to the Adjutant General, and if the companies so organized and reported are not sufficient to constitute the number hereby required, companies in counties which have no companies in the service of the State or United States, shall have the preference in the order in which they may be tendered. Said reginents, when so called into service, are to serve for the term of twelve months, unless sooner discharged by 'the Governor; the said six regiments to be divided into cavalry, artillery and infantry by the Governor, as the service may demand; and that the troops organized under the provisions of this act shall be subject to the order of the Governor of the State to fill any requisition made for troops on this State by the President of the United States.
SEC. 2. Each regiment, except the cavalry, as herein provided for, shall consist of one Colonel, one Lieutenant Colonel, one Major, one Quarter Master, one Commissary, one Surgeon, and one Assistant Surgeon, and ten companies, each of which shall be compased of one Captain, two Lieutenants, four Sergeants, four Corporals, one drummer, oue fifer, and sixty-four privates.
SEC. 3. There shall be appointed and commissioned by the Governor, for the six regiments herein contemplated, one Brigadier General.
SEC. 4. The forces herein provided shall, while in the service of the State or of the United States, be organized by and subject to the "articles of war, and the rules and regulations of the United States army," and while in the service of the State, privates and non-commissioned officers shall receive the same compensation allowed by the United States; and the commissioned officers shall receive three-quarters the pay of the same grade of officers in the army of the United States.
SEC. 5. The Governor shall have power, if in his judgment it may be deemed advisable, to temporarily retire the said six regiments from active service, or any part thereof, after the said troops shall have been sufficiently drilled and disciplined, but shall at any
time thereafter recall said regiments when the public safety may require the same, by giving notice thereof; but said regiments shall receive but half pay whilst so retired from service.
SEC. 6. Whereas, an emergency exists, this act shall be in force from and after its passage.
CYRUS M. ALLEN,
Speaker of the House. JNO. R. CRAVEN,
President of the Senate.
Approved and signed May 13, 1861.
OLIVER P. MORTON,
In accordance with the provisions of this law, Colonel Joseph J. Reynolds, of the 10th Regiment, (three months' volunteers,) was appointed Brigadier General of the forces authorized therein, and proceeded to their immediate organization.
On the 3d of May, 1861, the President of the United States. issued a proclamation calling for volunteer forces to serve for three years, and on the 4th, General Orders No. 15 were issued, both of which, with letters from the Secretary of War, dated May 16 and May 22, are appended for reference:
The President of the United States having called for a volunteer force to aid in the enforcement of the laws and the suppression of insurrection, and to consist of thirty-nine regiments of infantry and one regiment of cavalry, making a minimum aggregate of thirty-four thousand five hundred and six officers and enlisted men, and a maximum aggregate of forty-two thousand and thirty-four officers and enlisted men, the following plan of organization has been adopted, and is directed to be printed for general information:
Plan of Organization of the Volunteer Forces called into the service of the United States by the President.
The volunteers called into service under the proclamation of the President of the United States, dated the third day of May, 1861, will be subject to the laws and regulations governing the army the United States, and the proportion and organization of each
arm will be as follows: