RICHMOND, VA., March 30, 1865.
Capt. EDWARD BOSTICK,
Company E, Twenty-sixth South Carolina Volunteers:
SIR: You are hereby authorized to raise a battalion of four companies of negro troops in the State of South Carolina, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 13, 1865, as promulgated in General Orders, No. 14, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, current series. You are allowed sixty days to raise the battalion and will be detached from your command for that purpose by your commanding general.
By command of the Secretary of War:
JOHN W. RIELY,
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.