HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Saint Louis, Mo., March 10, 1862.
Commanding Army of the Southwest:
I congratulate you and your command on the glorious victory just gained. You have proved yourselves as brave in battle as enduring of fatigued and hardship.
A grateful country will honor you for both.
H. W. HALLECK,
This victory, so decisive and thus commenced, by no means insures you repose. You must expect to bear further trials of your endurance and valor. The general will confide in you as in veterans and will rely upon your discipline, devotion, and well-tried bravery to give tone and effect to our further movements, supported, as we shall be, by gallant forces now joining our standard. While we rejoice we should not forget to contribute kindness to our wounded comrades and a tear to the memory of those who lie buried on the field, and reverently to ascribe thanks to the God of Battles, who giveth us the victory.
A grateful people will provide for and comfort the bereaved, and the rocky cliffs of the Ozark Mountains will remain monuments to the memory of those who fought and fell for their country at the battle of Pea Ridge.
By command of Major-General Curtis:
H. Z. CURTIS,
Abstract from return of the Department of the Mississippi, Major General Henry W. Halleck, commanding, for March, 1862.
Commanders. Districts. Offic Men. Aggrega Aggrega
ers. te te
Major General West 2,093 44,277 56,336 68,175
U. S. Grant Tennessee
Major General The 901 19,509 24,519 28,351
John Pope Mississippi
Major General Southwest 578 12,480 15,038 20,554
S. R. Curtis Missouri
Brigadier Cairo 221 4,425 5,918 8,066
General W. K.
Brigadier Saint Louis 507 10,540 12,741 14,179
General J. M.
Brigadier Southeast 286 5,983 7,043 7,716
General Fred. Missouri
Brigadier Central 116 3,045 3,582 4,228
General James Missouri
Brigadier Northwest 4 137 226 277
General Ben. Missouri
Colonel J. M. Northeast 37 893 1,277 1,746
(In Illinois 81 1,668 2,132 2,548
Total* ..... 4,824 102,957 128,810 155,840
* The district of Kansas and of the Ohio not reported in the original return, but see Halleck to Secretary of War, March 30, p. 649.
UNITED STATES FLAG-SHIP BENTON,
Near Island Numbers 10, April 1, 1862. (Received April 3, 1862.
General M. C. MEIGS:
GENERAL: On examination it is found that on account of the vessel not being in as good condition as was supposed, and a ram being