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War Department
Washington, May 22d 1866

Major General O. O. Howard
Commissioner Bureau
Refugees Freedmen &c
Washington D. C.


I have respectfully to inform you that the 51st U.S. Colored Troops, serving in the Department of Louisiana, has been ordered to be mustered out of service.

The regiment was organized in the State of Mississippi, and it is presumed will be sent to that State for discharge and final payment.