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Furloughs in the Navy. Confederate States Steamer, James River Squadron, Virginia; December 17, 1864. To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch. Sir: At the request of many ship mates, I would ask, through the columns of your paper, if, by the laws of the Confederate States, the men in the naval service are entitled to furloughs allowed men in the army? I see no reason why it should be otherwise, as we are all volunteers, enlisted in the same holy cause. There is, however, a vast difference as regards privileges shown men in the army and navy. In the army they are continually getting thirty days furlough, while those in naval service cannot, even in the most urgent cases, obtain a leave of absence for twenty-four hours. This distinction has caused much dissatisfaction and some desertion in the fleet; and as the evil could be so easily remedied, I would ask an investigation of the matter. The men in the naval service are not, as is supposed by many, conscripts; but the