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ALS, IHi. On May 2, 1864, U. S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne introduced, and the House immediately passed, a joint resolution providing that staff officers of USG would be paid as much as staff officers of corps commanders. CG, 38-1, 2035. For Senate passage, see ibid., p. 2324. See also ibid., pp. 3501, 3514.
On April 14, USG had endorsed a draft of a bill concerning staff officers. "I fully concur in recommending the passage of the within. The Bill giving increased rank to some staff officers of Corps was defective in not including all." Copy, DNA, RG 107, Letters Received from Bureaus.
On April 29, Washburne telegraphed to USG. "M[r] Swinton, Chief Editor N. Y. Times wants your permission to visit your Army to correspond for his paper. He is a loyal and true man and a good friend. Please send what is necessary for me. Ans. by telegraph." ALS (telegram sent), ibid., Telegrams Collected (Unbound). On the same day, USG telegraphed to Washburne. "Pass will be sent you by mornings mail" Telegram received (press), ibid., Telegrams Collected (Bound). Washburne's account of his visit to USG during the Wilderness campaign is in Gaillard Hunt, Israel, Elihu and Cadwallader Washburn ... ( New York, 1925), pp. 207-20. For William Swinton, see telegram to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, July 2, 1864.
May 2nd 1864.ADJUTANT GENERAL. U. S. A.
WASHINGTON D. C.In compliance with General Orders No. 244. War Department A. G. O. series 1863, I have the honor to report the following named officers as constituting my staff and that they are on duty as such.
|Brig. Genl. John A. Rawlins, Chief of Staff.|
|Lieut Colonel, T. S. Bowers, Assistant Adjutant General.|
|Lieut. Colonel, C. B. Comstock, Senior Aide-de-Camp.|