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Quartermaster General's Office Washington D.C. May 3, 1866. Col. M. D. Wickersham Chf. Q.M. Mobile, Ala, Colonel: Your letter of the 27th ref, enclosing copy of a communication from Bvt Maj Genl Wager Swayne Asst Commissioner Bureau R.F. and A.L. for the state of Alabama, calling for 50 hospital tents for the establishment of Cholera Hospital near Mobile for Freedmen, has been received. In reply you are authorized to issue word Hospital tents for the purpose indicated by Genl Swayne. Very Respectfully &c By order Q.M. Genl (Sgd) Alex. J. Perry Col Q.M Dept & Bvt Brig Gen'l Official copy resp'y furnished for the information of Bvt Maj Gen Swayne, Asst Com'r State of Ala. M D Wickersham, Col and Chf QM
edited: bvt is for Brevet, Quarter Master (QM)
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