care of the extensive and important works at those which have been placed in his keeping. Whenever you can dispense with the service of Captain Duane or Lieutenant Suter I shall be glad to place the permanent works at Fernandina and other points within the Department of the South in their trust, unless, indeed, in the great urgency which presses upon me for want of engineer officers, some other point may have claims even more extreme than these shall then possess.
Respecting armament, it is beyond my power to do more than to bring the state of readiness of our works in this respect to the knowledge of the War Department and the Ordnance Office.
I am, &c.,
JOS. G. YOTTEN,
Brevet Brigadier-General and Colonel of Engineers.
Abstract from Return of the Department of the South, Major General David Hunter commanding, for the month of March, 1863; headquarters Hilton Head, S. C.
Present for duty.
Command. Officer Men. Aggrega Aggregat Aggrega
s. te e te
present present present
. and and
Department 21 30 51 51 50
Saint Helena 206 4,385 4,960 6,105 4,960
Island, S. C.:
General O. S.
Second Division, 210 3,337 4,229 5,545 8,369
General C. A.
Marine 2 53 55 60 60
C. J. Sands...
Third New Yorks 18 529 586 595 629
T. J. Kennedy..
hilton Head, S. 201 4,662 5,688 5,995 6,085
General A. H.
Beaufort, S. C., 187 3,760 4,749 5,430 4,286
Fort Pulaski, 32 803 984 1,019 1,020
Ga., Colonel W.
Ossabaw Island, 15 433 507 588 594
Ga., Major D.
Key West and ... ... ... ... 1,607
Colonel, T. H.
Fernandina, 30 582 835 899 1,091
Saint Augustine, 17 269 379 402 780
Colonel J. C.
En route for 16 319 362 371 ...
Hilton Head, S.
C., Colonel H. S.
Grand total... 955 19,162 23,385 27,060 20,531
Organization of troops in the Department of the South, commanding by Major General David Hunter, March 31, 1863; headquarters Hilton Heazd, S. C.
SAINT HELENA ISLAND, S. C.
First Division, Detachment Eighteenth Army Corps.
Brigadier General ORRIS S. FERRY commanding.
Brigadier General T. G. STEVENSON commanding.
9th New Jersey.
81st New York.
98th New York.
Colonel W. W. H. DAVIS commanding.