Washington City, Jan. 20, 1863.
Ordered: That Governor Andrew of Massachusetts is authorized, until further orders, to raise such number of volunteers, companies of artillery for duty in the forts of Massachusetts and elsewhere, and such corps of infantry for the volunteer military service as he may find convenient, such volunteers to be enlisted for three years, or until sooner discharged, and may include persons of African descent, organized into special corps. He will make the usual needful requisitions on the appropriate staff bureas and officers, for the proper transportation, organization, supplies, subsistence, arms and equipments of such volunteers.
Edwin M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.