Laws of Maryland, Authorizing the Publication of Histories of
Maryland Volunteers, Civil War, 1861-'65.
The laws passed by the General Assembly of Maryland creating a Commission to com-
pile, and authorizing the publication of the Histories of Maryland Volunteers during the Civil
War, 1861-'65, for the preservation of the Federal Union, Volumes I and II, as well as the laws
supplemental thereto making additional appropriations to complete publication, and authoriz-
ing other editions; also providing for the distribution thereof, are inserted herein for the in-
formation of all concerned.
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE RECORDS OF THE SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND
MARINES ACCREDITED TO THE STATE OF MARYLAND, IN THE LATE CIVIL WAR, AND TO
PUBLISH THE SAME, AND TO MAKE A SUITABLE APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the Governor shall, within thirty days
after the passage of this Act, appoint three citizens, of whom the Adjutant-General of the State
shall be one, and the other two of whom shall be representative soldiers who served in actual
warfare as a part of the quota of the State of Maryland in the United States Army or Navy dur-
ing the late Civil War, as Commissioners of the State, to carry out the provisions of this Act,
as hereinafter provided, and who shall serve without pay.
Section 2. And be it enacted, That it shall be the duty of the said Commissioners under this Act to classify
and compile, from the documents in the Adjutant-General's office, the records of the several
commands, and the individuals thereof, of Maryland soldiers, sailors and marines serving as a
part of the quota of the State of Maryland in the Army and Navy of the United States during
the late Civil War, and in case of any deficiency in the record of any individual or command
in the Adjutant-General's office, they shall be empowered to complete the said deficient records
from the records of the War and Navy Departments of the United States, for which purpose
the Governor shall, at the request of the said Commissioners, make requisition for the desired
information upon the Secretaries of the said Departments, in accordance with the existing laws.
Section 3. And be it enacted, That the said Commissioners shall be empowered to employ such clerical aid,
and purchase such stationery as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act, the
same to be paid for from the appropriation hereinafter provided for. They shall also be empow-
ered to deposit with the War and Navy Departments of the United States, in accordance with
the existing orders of the said Departments, such a sum of money, to be taken from the ap-
propriation hereinafter provided for, or may be required by the Secretaries of the said War
and Navy Departments, to secure the United States from liability for any expense incurred in
copying and completing from their records the deficient records of Maryland soldiers, sailors
and marines, as provided for in Section 2 of this Act.
Section 4. And be it enacted, That the said Commissioners, upon the completion of the said records, shall be
empowered to have printed and bound in two or more volumes, one thousand copies of the
same, together with brief history of each command, to be distributed as follows: 300 copies
to the headquarters of the Department of Maryland, Grand Army of the Republic, for distri-
bution to the several Grand Army Posts in the State; 2 copies to each public library and school
library in the State; 1 copy to the Adjutant-General of each of the United States for each
State Library; 10 copies to the Congressional Library, at Washington, D. C.; the balance of
the copies to be deposited with the State Librarian, at Annapolis, for distribution as may be
deemed proper by the Adjutant-General of the State.