|Adjutant & Inspector Generals Department
|Railroad Bureau, Richmond July 1st 1863
| I. The government does not design interfering with the
management of railroads, but it claims, and the railroads have conceded,
preference in the transportation of its troops and freights over any and
every private interest. It is not expected, nor is the Government
willing that this privilege shall be disturbed by the transfer of cars
or engines from one road to another. Under any and all circumstances,
the Government expects to be first served, and when this is
accomplished, there will be no interruption to the regular course of
transportation for individuals.
| II. No detail man, nor conscript can change his
employer, either with or without the consent of the latter. Should it be
done, the employer must immediately comply with the requirements made in
General Orders No. 30 and 32.
| III. Employers will not keep detailed men
nor conscripts, longer than their services are actually needed, but will
return them to the proper officers. Details are made with the
understanding that the employer will be responsible for the constant
employment of the parties at the occupation specified, or that they will
be returned to the proper military authorities.
| IV. Railroad Companies have been classed
with "contractors under the Government," and are therefore subject to
all the orders issued from the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office
respecting conscripts and detailed men.
|F. W. Sims, Capt. & A. A. G.