ORDERS No. 8. ] VICKSBURG, MISS., March 11, 1864.
Brig. Gen. W. A. Pile, U.S. Volunteers, now charged with the organization of colored troops in Missouri, is authorized to assign such officers and enlisted men as may be disposable for the purpose of recruiting colored troops in the State of Missouri. No officer detailed for this duty will be permitted to remain at any one point longer than it becomes evident that all available men have been recruited in the locality where he may be stationed.
On the application of Brigadier-General Pile, the major-general commanding the Department of the Missouri will detail such commissioned officers and enlisted men from regiments as the former officer may desire, to fill positions in the colored regiments to be raised under his (General Pile's) supervision. All so detailed will receive the appointments to which they may be nominated by General Pile on that officer making application to Brig. Gen. L. Thomas, Adjutant-General U.S. Army, at Vicksburg, Miss., provided all that are so nominated have passed a satisfactory examination before a properly authorized board.
As soon as General Pile has completed the organization of the colored regiments now being raised he will commence recruiting one or more additional regiments.
By order of the Secretary of War:
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