Abstract from field return of the Second Division of United States forces, commanded by Major General Charles F. Smith, March 29, 1862.
Present for duty.
Offic Men. Aggre Aggreg
ers. gate ate
Troops. nt t.
Colonel Lauman 135 2,756 2,891 3,561
Colonel McArthur 124 2,734 2,858 3,623
Third Brigade Colonel
Sweeny commanding. 88 1,872 1,960 2,232
three batteries. 8 170 178 213
Grand total. 355 7,532 7,887 9,629
A r t i l l e r y.
20- 10- 6- 12- 6- Total
poun poun poun poun pound numbe
der der der der er r of
Troops. rifl rifl rifl howi smoot piece
ed ed ed tzer h s.
piec piec piec s. bore.
es. es. es.
First Brigade, Colonel
Lauman, commanding. - - 4 - 2 6
Second Brigade, Colonel
McArthur commanding. - - - 2 4 6
Third Brigade, Colonel
Sweeny commanding. - - - - - -
Major Cavender's three
batteries. 6 6 - - - 12
Grand total. 6 6 4 2 6 24
WASHINGTON, March 30, 1862.
Major General HALLECK, Saint Louis:
This Department has just received information that Nashville "has almost been left defenseless by General Buell." Governor Johnson and General Dumont, in command, are of opinion that the force is inadequate to the security of that city, and that there should be one complete brigade in addition to the force now there. It is said that regiments are left in detached positions without a single piece of artillery, and that there are two regiments at Camp Chase and one at Lexington that might be ordered to Nashville. You can appreciate the consequence of any disaster at Nashville, and are requested to take immediate measures to secure it against all danger.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
COLUMBIA, TENN., March 30, 1862.
Via Nashville-1 p.m.
Major-General HALLECK, Saint Louis:
Your dispatches of the 29th received. Please refer to my letter of the 23rd and inform me what part of the arrangements explained in it I shall alter or what force you will spare in front of Nashville. My present arrangement is to strike the Tennessee with four divisions certainly, and, if necessary, take also the division from this route, making five divisions. I have not apprehended an advance upon Nashville in great force, but a dash with 15,000 men I think it proper to guard against.
D. C. BUELL.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Saint Louis, March 30, 1862.
General D. C. BUELL,
Yours of to-day just received. Only one letter from you has been received this month, dated 14th. No letter of the 23d. No informa-