many of them without arms. But as arms are being collected and received from the east of the river it is hoped that all will be armed ere long. All I meet with are anxious that you should cross the Mississippi River, and many hope that the result of the late great battles, with the movements that must necessarily follow, will enable you to enter the State of Missouri from the southwest, while this army enters at another point, and that they may meet you in the central other important portion of the State.
General Holmes is a plain, quiet man, makes no show, but works hard, and I judge from what I have observed that he intends to leave nothing undone in preparing for a forward movement.
I shall write you again at an early day, and will then be more fully advised as to many things than I am at present.
My respects to Colonel Snead and other friends. Hoping that you are in the enjoyment of good health and that I may soon hear of a forward movement by the troops under your command, I remain, truly, yours,
WALDO P. JOHNSON.
Abstract from Return of Troops in the District of Arkansas, September 17, 1862 (headquarters Little Rock, Ark).
Present for duty.
Troops. Officers. Men. Aggregate Remarks.
Cooper's 296 6,961 7,559 Colonel O.
(Indian) Young's brigade
brigade... of General H. E.
Carroll's 183 3,156 3,828
Rains' 7 303 327
Sweet's 136 1,614 2,492 Colonel H.
brigade... Randal's brigade,
of same command,
regiment and one
McRae's 182 2,435 4,221
Shaver's 118 1,372 2,528 Anderson's
company, about 60
men, on duty as
east of White
Garland's 66 970 1,317 Chrisman's
brigade... squadron, about
160 men, ordered
to Pine Bluff.
McBride's 137 2,145 2,991 Morgan's squadron
brigade... of cavalry, about
150 men, encamped
near Little Rock.
Parsons' .... 471 760 Nutt's unattached
(M. M.) cavalry, about 90
brigade... men, ar Post
Parsons' 69 862 1,100
Artillery 25 586 681
Total... 1,219 20,875 27,614
WAR DEPARTMENT, C. S. A.,
Richmond, Va., September 18, 1862.
Honorable C. B. MITCHELL and others,
Confederate States Congress:
GENTLEMAN: In reply to your letter of the 9th instant I have the honor to say;
1st. Since the adjournment of Congress in April the receipt of arms from importation, capture, and manufacture has been about 90,000. The captured arms were mostly injured, and are issued as they are repaired. No arms fit for use are retained.
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