Abstract from Return of the District of the Gulf, Major General Simon B. Buckner, C. S. Army, commanding, for month of February, 1863.
Command. Effecti- Total. Aggregate Aggrega-
General staff. ... ... 13 13
Infantry. 2,564 3,052 3,228 3,611
Artillery. 2,692 2,868 3,009 3,372
Cavalry. 571 610 647 978
District East Gulf:
Infantry. 1,208 1,262 1,337 1,499
Artillery. 123 133 138 149
Cavalry. 1,689 1,176 1,224 1,461
Marianna Dragoons. 55 58 61 72
Total. 8,302 9,159 9,657 11,155
Abstract from Return of the District of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, commanded by Major General J. Bankhead Magruder, for February, 1863 (headquarters Houston, Tex.).
Present for duty.
Commanding officer. Total. Officers. Men.
Brigadier General H. P. Western Sub- 151 2,406
Bee. District of
Brigadier General W. R. Eastern Sub- 258 4,024
Scurry. District of
Grand total. ... 409 6,430
Pieces of artillery.
Commanding officer. Heavy. Field. Mounta Aggre- Aggre-
in. gate gate
Brigadier General H. P. 11 23 1 3,014 4,244
Brigadier General W. R. ... ... ... 5,196 7,311
Grand total. 11 23 1 8,210 11,555
NOTE FROM RETURN.-In Western Sub-District no returns received from three companies cavalry, aggregate about 240; and none from two small companies for border defense. In Eastern Sub-District no returns from five regiments cavalry; aggregate about 3,500.
ON BOARD STEAMER ALAMO,
From Liberty up Trinity (near Cosatchie Village), March 2, 1863.
Commanding District of Texas, &c.:
GENERAL: The defenses of our coast lines from the absorbing thought with me till I think and dream of little else. Do not think me importunate if I repeat to you the same thing in varied forms. I feel great confidence now that no attempt will be made to invade Texas until the coast region shall have dried up to admit of army transportation-say the 1st of May. Meantime of course you will not be idle. But that shall be done and prepare for the defense of the Pass."
Let me suggest the method, and this will appear less objectionable and will meet the difficulties Major Shea presented. For a supply of