PENNSYLVANIA INVASION.; Two Military Departments Formed In the State, Under the Command of Gens. Couch and Brooks. PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR CURTIN. PROCLAMATION OF GOV. CURTIN.
Published: June 13, 1863; Dispatch of 6/12/1864

HARRISBURGH, Friday, June 12.

Gen. COUCH has assumed command of the Department of the Susquehanna. He summons for the defence of the State, all citizens between the ages of 18 and 60, to organize an army corps, embracing cavalry, artillery and infantry, to serve during the pleasure of the President or the continuance of the war. When not required in active service to defend the Department, they will be returned to their homes, subject to the call of the Commanding General.

HARRISBURGH, Friday, June 12.

The following Proclamation has just been issued:

In the name and by the authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, ANDREW G. CURTIN, Governor of the said Commonwealth.


Information has been obtained by the War Department, that a large rebel force, composed of cavalry, artillery and mounted infantry, has been prepared for the purpose of making a raid into Pennsylvania; the President has, therefore, erected two new Departments — one in Eastern Pennsylvania, to be commanded by Major-Gen. COUCH, and the other in Western Pennsylvania, to be commanded by Major-Gen. BROOKS. I earnestly invite the attention of the people of Pennsylvania to the general orders issued by these officers on assuming the command of their respective Departments.

The importance of immediately raising a sufficient force for the defence of the State cannot be overrated. The corps now proposed to be established will give permanent security to our borders. I know too well the gallantry and patriotism of the freemen of this Commonwealth to think it necessary to do more than commend this measure to the people, and earnestly urge them to respond to the call of the General Government, and promptly fill the ranks of this corps, the duties of which will be mainly the defence of our own homes, firesides, and property from devastation.

Given under my hand, &c.


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