and continue in efficient operation (these works being the only ones that can now supply the requisite material for the manufacture of small-arms and other munitions of war), it is absolutely indispensable that all the operatives (and wood-choppers), white and black, whose names will be furnished you by the proprietors, should be exempt from all military of militia duty. You will therefore issue such orders as will give effect to this requisite exemption.
As it is desirable that as large a force may be collected as is necessary for the rapid completion of the works now in progress and projected, it is suggested that you extend the limits of the district from which the laborers are be obtained, in order that the demand may not operate too severely upon the smaller number that will otherwise be required to furnish this working force.
I am, very respectfully,
Abstract from a report, December 4, 1861, of the First Division, Central Army of Kentucky commanded by Major-General Hardee, at Bowling Green.
Present for duty.
Troops Officers Men Total
Division staff --- 8 ---
1st (Hindman's) Brigade 119 1,386 1,827
2nd (Cleburne's) Brigade 111 1,088 2,051
3rd (Shaver's) Brigade 140 1,424 2,363
Adams' cavalry regiment 29 400 614
Shoup's artillery battalion 8 145 197
Total 407 4,451 7,052
Troops Aggregate Total Aggregate
present present present
and and absent
Division staff 8 --- 8
1st (Hindman's) Brigade 1,969 2,247 2,404
2nd (Cleburne's) Brigade 2,187 2,853 3,031
3rd (Shaver's) Brigade 2,548 3,378 3,591
Adams' cavalry regiment 650 736 778
Shoup's artillery battalion 206 211 227
Total 7,568 9,425 10,039
HDQRS. CENTRAL ARMY OF KENTUCKY, No. 1. Bowling Green, Ky., November 5, 1861.
In obedience to Special Orders, No. 127, dated Headquarters Western Department, Bowling Green, Ky., December 4, 1861, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Central Army of Kentucky. The district of operation of this army will embrace all that portion of the State of Tennessee lying north of the Cumberland River lying west of a line drawn due north from the point where the Cumberland River enters the State of Tennessee on the east. Officers in command at any point of this district will make full returns of their commands to these headquarters immediately on the receipt of this order.
The following staff is announced, viz: Lieutenant D. G. White, acting assistant adjutant-general; Major John Pope, chief quartermaster; Captain W. E. Moore, chief commissary; Major F. A. Shoup, chief of artillery; Captain Chambliss, chief of ordnance; Colonel St. John R. Liddell, volunteer aide, and Colonel Hardin Perkins, volunteer aide.
W. J. HARDEE,
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