War of the Rebellion: Serial 006 Page 0772 OPERATIONS IN W. FLA., S.ALA., S.MISS., AND LA.Chapter XVI.

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have suffered, and the commander is by no means as courteous and amiable as he was after the infliction on his outside confrere, Colonel Wilson. My lookouts report that escorts to their grave-yard, which is immediately under our glasses, are very frequent, and that two officers certainly have been buried. Yesterday a small boat attempted to enter the harbor from the fleet-a privilege heretofore accorded them, as our steamers were allowed to run freely tot he yard. We fired on it, when the crew precipitately abandoned it and swam ashore, leaving the boat to float off. Some of our shots went very near the fort, but they declined the invitation. We infer they are satisfied. One of their ships (the Hartford) was towed off yesterday by a gunboat, thus proving her disability. Some operation is going on by them far up Santa Rosa Island, but what we cannot exactly conjuncture. An expedition leaves to-day to ascertain.

Captain Thom's company of Marines, 100 men, leaved to-day for Virginia, by request of the Secretary of the Navy. This is the third draft made on me, and while it gives me great pleasure to discipline and instruct his men, and while it gives me great pleasure to discipline and instruct his men, the Secretary must excuse me for declining any longer to furnish him arms, &c. It is depleting process I cannot stand.

As early as last spring and frequently since I have asked for some young navy officers, but without success. I have two steam gunboats commanded by landsmen. A rifled ship gun promised for one of them some weeks ago is not yet heard from. These points are of importance.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

BRAXTON BRAGG,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF ALA. AND WEST FLA., Numbers 14.

Near Pensacola, Fla., December 1, 1861.

Brigadier General L. P. Walker, having reported in person at these headquarters for duty, is assigned to the District of Alabama, and will report to Brigadier-General Withers, at Mobile.

By command of Major-General Bragg:

GEO. G. GARNER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Abstract from field return of the District of Alabama, commanded by Brigadier General Jones M. Wihers, December 2, 1861.

Present for duty.

Troops. Officers. Men. Aggregate Aggregate

present. present

and

absent.

1st 15 202 367 406

Alabama

Battalion

18th 36 594 858 942

Alabama

19th 35 625 940 992

Alabama

20th 34 474 836 916

Alabama

22nd 37 376 709 783

Alabama

beck's 30 333 674 728

Alabama

regiment

Company 4 62 66 66

infantry

Alabama

volunteers

Battalion 11 196 238 267

infantry

Mississipp

i

volunteers

(3

companies)

Companies 14 371 410 461

(5))

mounted

Alabama

volunteers

Battalion 23 407 471 506

Light

Artillery

(5

companies)

Fort 61 991 1,144 1,263

Gaines

Fort 82 1,223 1,596 1,691

morgan

Total 382 5,854 8,309 9,021