SPECLAL ORDERS, No. 218.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, September 2, 1862.
By direction of the President, all the clerks and employees of the civil Departments and all the employees on the public buildings in Washington will be immediately organized into companies, under the direction of Brigadier-General Wadsworth, and will be armed and supplied with ammunition, for the defense of the capital.
By command of Major-General Halleck:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Abraham Lincoln, Executive Order Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202644