War of the Rebellion: Serial 006 Page 0725 Chapter XVI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-CONFEDERATE.

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pable of defending the State they had seized upon, although they have forced every poor man's child into their service as soldiers for that purpose, while they made their sons and nephews officers.

They cannot protect those whom they have ruined, but have left them to the mercies and assassinations of a chronic mob. They will not feed those whom they are starving. Mostly without property themselves, they have plundered, stolen, and destroyed the means of those who had property, leaving children penniless and old age hopeless.

Men of Louisiana, workingmen, property-holders, merchants, and citizens of the United States, of whatever nation you may have had birth, how long will you uphold these flagrant wrongs, and by inaction suffer yourselves to be made the serfs of these leaders?

The United States have sent land and naval forces here to fight and subdue rebellious armies in array against her authority. We find substantially only fugitive masses, runaway property-burners, a whisky-drinking mob, and starving citizens, with their wives and childered. It is our duty to call back the first, to punish the second, root out the third, feed and protect the last.

Ready only for war, we had not prepared ourselves to feed the hungry and relieve the distressed with provisions. But to the extent possible within the power of the commanding general it shall be done.

He has captured a quantity of beef and sugar intended for the rebels in the field. A thousand barrels of these stores will be distributed among the deserving poor of this city, from whom the rebels had plundered it, even although some of the food will go to supply the craving wants of the wives and childbed of those now harding at Camp Moore and elsewhere in arms against the United States.

Captain John Clark, acting his commissary of subsistence, will be charged with the execution of this order, and will give public notice of the place and manner of distribution, which will be arranged as far as possible so that the unworthy and dissolute will not share its benefits.

By command of Major-General Butler:

GEO. C. STRONG,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Chief of Staff.

CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

Abstract from field return of troops of the Confederate States near Pensacola, Fla., commanded by Brigadier General Braxton Bragg, on the 1st day of September, 1861.

Troops Officers Men Aggregate Aggregate

present present and

absent

1st (Chalmers') 76 1,314 1,761 1,895

Brigade

2nd (Wood's) 81 1,272 2,004 2,177

Brigade

3rd (Tyler's) 81 1,487 1,804 1,922

Brigade

4th (Jackson's) 52 892 1,096 1,126

Brigade

Alabama Mounted 2 72 84 101

Rifles

Walton Guards 4 51 55 55

Total 296 5,088 6,804 7,276