The next step had to be taken in Washington. For this important mission, J. N. Andrews, armed with appropriate documents, was sent as the church'semissary. Reported James White in the Review of September 6, 1864.
Brother J. N. Andrews left for Washington, Monday [August 29], well endorsed from the highest military authority in this city. He will report through the Review as soon as possible. May it be favorable for those who have enlisted to serve under the Prince of Peace.
Two weeks later the Review carried Andrews' Washington, D.C., report. He had successfully followed through, and now Adventists would be fully recognized as noncombatants. They would be assigned to duty in hospitals, or to the care of freedmen, or would be exempt on the payment of $300.
However, on the local level recognition of the claims of Adventist men was difficult to secure.