Doc. 45.-the New rebel conscription.
Adjutant and Inspector-General's office, Richmond, January 9, 1864.General order no. 3. I. The following Acts of Congress and Regulations are published for the information of all persons concerned therein. acts. An act to prevent the enlistment or enrolment of substitutes in the military service of the confederate States. The Congress of the confederate States of America do enact, That no person liable to military service shall hereafter be permitted or allowed to furnish a substitute for such service, nor shall any substitute be received, enlisted, or enrolled in the military service of the confederate States. [Approved December twenty-eighth, 1863.] An act to put an end to the exemption from military service of those who have heretofore furnished substitutes. Whereas, in the present circumstances of the country, it requires the aid of all who are able to bear arms; The Congress of the confederate States of America do enact, That no person shall be exempted from military service by reason of his having furnished a substitute; but this Act shall not be so construed as to affect persons who, though not liable to render military service, have, nevertheless, furnished substitutes. [Approved January fifth, 1864.] II. Persons rendered liable to military service, by operation of preceding Acts, are placed on the same footing with all others hitherto held liable by acts of Congress. III. Persons herein rendered liable to military service are required to report as volunteers or conscripts, without delay, to the enrolling officers; and all who delay beyond the first day of February, 1864, will be considered as having renounced the privilege of volunteering, and held for assignment according to law. IV. Enrolling officers will proceed as rapidly as practicable in the enrolment of persons herein made liable to military service. Previous to enrolment as conscripts, all such persons will be allowed to volunteer in companies in service on the sixteenth of April, 1862, provided the company chosen does not at the time of volunteering reach the maximum number allowed, and upon such company being selected, the volunteer will receive from the enrolling officer a certificate to the effect that he has so volunteered; and no volunteer will be received into any company except on such certificate. Persons who fail to make their selections at the time of enrolment, will be assigned according to the enrolling regulations. V. Persons who report to the enrolling officers will be enrolled, and may be allowed a furlough of ten days before reporting to the camp of instruction. VI. All persons, whether volunteers or conscripts under this order, will pass through the camp of inspection of the State to which they belong, and be forwarded thence to the companies which are selected, or to which they may be assigned. VII. The Bureau of Conscription is charged with adopting proper regulations for the enforcement of this order. VIII. All exemptions heretofore granted are subject to revision, under instructions from the Bureau of Conscription, and if found to be improper or unauthorized by law, will be revoked. By order.
S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General.