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Head Qrts. 143d Ill. Inft

Helena, Arkansas

Aug. 19, 1864

To His Excellency

Richard Yates,

Governor, State of Illinois.


Your letter of the 10th inst encloseing circular no 58 issued from the War Department 27th of July, is recieved and contents duly noted. It is impossible to reorganize my Regiment under the plan proposed. Prior to the receipt of the circular an effort at reorganization had been made, and I think Five Hundred could have been induced to reenlist on the promose of a furlough of (Thirty Days)

The same number might, I think, still be recruited on the same conditions. I am, Governor,

Very Respectfully,

Your Obt. Servt

D.L. Smith

Col 143d Ill

Head Quarters 143d Regt

Ills. Vols.

Helena Arkansas.

August 19th 1864

Smith D.L. Col. Comdg.

There can be Five Hundred of the Regiment reenlisted providing they are allowed a furlough of 30+ days after their present term expires.

Official copy of letters from Agt. Genls office Wash D.C refusing 100 Day Regts furloughs. sent Col Smith Sept 15/64