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Abstract from Report of Troops in the District of the Gulf, commanded by Brigadier General W. W. Mackall, December 20, 1862 (headquarters Mobile, Ala.)

Present for duty.

Troops. Officers. Men. Effective

total.

Army of Mobile 270 3,571 3,804

East District 113 1,998 2,121

Harbor Brigade 61 910 1,020

Choctaw and Owen 20 201 244

Bluffs

Fifty-third 31 486 519

Regiment Alabama

Partisan Rangers

Grand total 495 7,166 7,708

Continuation:

Troops. Aggregate Aggregate

present. present and

absent.

Army of Mobile 4,820 5,663

East District 2,450 2,807

Harbor Brigade 1,164 1,283

Choctaw and Owen 284 328

Bluffs

Fifty-third 628 805

Regiment Alabama

Partisan Rangers

Grand total 9,346 10,886

HDQRS. DIST. OF TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA,

Houston, Tex., December 21, 1862.

Col. S. S. ANDERSON, Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to inclose a list* of officers of the Federal Army who are represented by the New Orleans papers to have arrived in that place. The papers state that General Corcoran has sailed from New York for that place. You will perceive from the inclosed list of officers that there are two major-generals, and as these organizations are in all probability complete, this expedition must consist of at least 20,000 men. To meet this invading force you will see from my letter to Lieutenant-General Holmes, forwarded several days since (a copy of which is herein inclosed),+ that I am by no means prepared, on account of the disorder and want of organization which prevails here on account of the removal of troops from this district.

In view of these facts I have the honor to urgently renew my request that the troops ordered by Lieutenant-General Holmes to report to Brigadier-General Scurry be retained under his command in this district. Should General Holmes, in view of this information, deem it proper to grant my request, any orders from him countermanding or changing the movements of these forces will reach their commanding officers if forwarded to them en route by Shreveport to Monroe, La. It is scarcely necessary for me to say that great dissatisfaction exists in this State at the removal of armed troops from its limits and the retention of those only who are unarmed. Please send copies of such orders countermanding to these headquarters.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. BANKHEAD. MAGRUDER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DIST. OF TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, AND ARIZONA,

Houston, Tex., December 21, 1862.

His Excellency Hon. F. R. LUBBOCK,

Governor of State of Texas:

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that Lieutenant-General Holmes has ordered Sibley's brigade, together with Gurley's and Stone's regiments, to Louisiana, and that I have obeyed the order. I am in receipt

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* Not found.

+ See letter of December 9 p. -.

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