Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

October 16.—General Bragg, in command of the rebel army of the Tennessee, issued the following General Orders from his headquarters at Missionary Ridge, Ga.:

“In order to augment the strength of the army, and to give to our brave soldiers an opportunity to visit home and provide for their families during the coming winter, the following rule is adopted:

“1. A furlough of not exceeding forty days will be granted to every non-commissioned officer and private who secures a recruit for his company.

“2. The recruit must be received and mustered into service, and be doing duty in the company before the application for furlough is forwarded.

“3. In all applications made in pursuance of section first, the commanding officer of the company will certify that the applicant has obtained an approved recruit who has been mustered into the service, and is present with the company, doing duty.”

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