it was supported by artillery. This does not look like running away, as the picket was on one of the roads I apprehend he would take to go off on. I have ordered a strong picket of cavalry to stand 12 miles forward, and I am trying to increase my means of gaining intelligence from the enemy, which is now very meager. The wheat is in stacks and corn on the stalks. To make it available is no small matter and a great tax on cavalry.
I wish we had some of that surplus of which we hear so much and see so little. My men are in good health and spirits.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SAML. R. CURTIS,
Abstract from return of the Southwestern District of Missouri for January, 1862.
Present for duty
Commands Officers Men Aggregate
Colonel G. M. Dodge's 86 1,625 1,863
Colonel P. J. Osterhaus' 79 1,915 2,200
Colonel E. A. Carr's cavalry 71 1,435 1,506
Brigadier General F. 50 1,100 1,558
Brigadier-General Asboth's 53 1,363 1,685
Post of Rolla, Colonel J. B. 30 913 1,069
Unattached 67 1,265 1,843
Total 436 9,616 11,724
Organization of the troops in the Southwestern District of Missouri, Brigadier General Samuel R. Curtis commanding, January 31, 1862.
Colonel . GRENVILLE M. DODGE.
1st Iowa Battery.
Colonel PETER J. OSTERHAUS.
Batteries A and B+
THIRD BRIGADE (cavalry).
Colonel EUGENE A. CARR.
1st Missouri (battalion).
Brigadier General FRANZ SIGEL.
Brigadier General A. ASBOTH.
1st Flying Battery.
2nd Ohio Battery.
4th Missouri (battalion).
Bowen's cavalry (battalion).
Phelps' Missouri Volunteers.
*The brigades are not numbered in the original return.
+Welfley's and Hoffmann's batteries.