opportunity to send it, but hope before long to be able to make you a full report of the brigade under my charge.
Yours, most respectfully,
M. JEFF. THOMPSON,
Field report of the division stationed in the western part of Arkansas, commanded by Colonel James McIntosh, January 1, 1862.
Commanding Troops. Total. Aggrega Field
officer. the. artill
First First Regiment Arkansas 800 845
Brigade, Mounted Riflemen
Second Regiment 820 862
South Kansas-Texas 960 1,003
Fourth Regiment Texas 677 713
Sixth Regiment Texas 880 927
Burnett's company Texas 79 83
Total First Brigade.... 4,216 4,433
Second Hill's regiment, 690 738
Brigade, Arkansas infantry.....
McNair's South Arkansas 680 725
McRae's regiment 600 646
Mitchell's Fourteenth 880 930
Rector's regiment 500 544
Hebert's Third 690 733
Third Regiment Texas 750 796
Whitfield's battalion 280 297
Brooks' battalion 300 316
Gaines' battery 70 74 1
Good's battery 100 105 6
Hart's battery 71 75 4
Provence's battery 70 73 4
Total Second Brigade... 5,681 6,052 15
Grand Total 9,897 10,485 15
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION WESTERN DEPARTMENT,
Columbus, Ky., January 3, 1862.
His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS:
Being desirous to know the exact state of things in Missouri so far as the forces in the interest of the Confederacy were concerned, as also to know the views and plans of Generals McCulloch and Price, i sent a trustworthy messenger from this post to both of their camps for that purpose. That messenger has just returned, and I have thought it best to send him without delay to you, which I do on to-morrow.
I gave General Price to understand that I regarded energetic action on his part in keeping the enemy employed in Missouri of the highest importance to the defense of my present position, and that I hoped he would leave no effort unmade to keep himself in the field during the winter. In my letter to him I expressed the opinion that if the Confederate Government could help Missouri from the east it must be through Columbus, and I was not without hope of yet aiding in the emancipation of Saint Louis through this route. In reply he has written