Friday, August 7, 1863

Near Black River, MISSISSIPPI, August 7, 1863
I received the following dispatch from Vicksburg:

General SHERMAN:
If you have any deserving young men in your command between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one fit for a cadetship, send in the names of five or six of them, to be forwarded to receive appointments from the State of Mississippi.

DIVISION commanders will cause five or six selections as above mentioned to be made from their commands, and order the young men to report to the general commanding at these headquarters between the hours of 10 and 2 tomorrow, for examination, in order that the requisite number may be selected and their names forwarded.

By order of Major General W. T. Sherman:
R. M. SAWYER, Assistant Adjutant-General

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