Plan for the re-organization of the Virginia forces for the War.
The following plan for the re-organization of our State forces, drawn up by a distinguished officer of the Army, is now before a committee of the Virginia Senate:
The present organization into regiments and companies shall be retained, except as hereinafter modified.
- 2. All the volunteers now in the service shall be considered as drafted for the war; and, in addition thereto, a draft shall be made from the locality in which each regiment is raised, and in such other localities as the Governor may direct, of a number of able-bodied men, not now in the active volunteer service, sufficient to fill each regiment to the maximum of 1,000 men.
A furlough of one month shall be granted to each volunteer now in the service, and a free ticket to and from his home, provided that not more than one-fourth of a company shall be absent at the same time.
A bounty in addition, in money, or a ‘"service medal,"’ at the option of the volunteer, would have excellent effect.
- 4. When each company's strength is thus raised to not less than 75 rank and file, the Colonel shall submit it to a vote whether a new captain shall be chosen, and two-thirds of the votes present in favor thereof shall depose any captain, and an election forth with be held to fill the vacancy, and the same rule shall hold in reference to each lieutenant.
Should less than two-thirds vote for deposing any commissioned officer, such officer will continue to hold his office.
- 5. The non-commissioned officers will be selected by the captains.
- 6. As soon as the companies are thus organized, in each regiment, the brigade commander shall submit it to a vote of the captains and 1st lieutenants whether a new colonel shall be chosen, and two-thirds of the captains and 1st lieutenants present in favor thereof, shall depose any colonel, and an election forth with held to fill the vacancy, and the same course will be pursued with reference to the lieutenant colonel and major.
Certificates of election in all cases, duly authenticated, will be forwarded to the Governor, who will issue commissions in accordance therewith.
- 7. Company officers shall succeed, according to rank, to vacancies above them in the company, and vacancies occurring in the posts of field officers will be filled by election by the captains and 1st lieutenants present with the regiment, under the supervision of the brigade commander.
There shall be a sutler to each regiment, whose tax under existing regulations shall be devoted to the raising and maintenance of a band.
This is to take effect from its passage.