War of the Rebellion: Serial 027 Page 0076 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD, AND PA. Chapter XXXI.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Knoxville, Md., October 10, 1862.

Captain AUGUSTUS BOYD,

Quartermaster, Philadelphia:

Shipments to Hagerstown must be made direct through to avoid the contemptible delays at Harrisburg. If Colonel Crosman was ordered to send clothing. I hope he has sent it, for the suffering and impatience are excessive.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp, Chief Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Knoxville, October 13, 1862.

Captain GEORGE H. WEEKS,

Depot Quartermaster, Hagerstown:

Has the clothing arrived yet? If not, do you know where it is? What clothing was taken by the rebels at Chambersurg? Did they capture any property that was en route to you? Have we not got clothing at Harrisburg? Send an agent over the road to obtain information, and hurry up the supplies. Reply at once.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de- Camp, Chief Quartermaster.

SHARPSBURG, October 15, 1862.

General INGALLS:

I have just returned from Hagerstown, where I have been for the clothing for the corps. There was nothing there but overcoats, trousers, and a few uniform coats and socks. There were not any shoes, blankets, shirts, or shelter-tents. Will you please tell me where and when the balance can be had? Shall I send to Harper's Ferry for them to-morrow? The corps surgeon has just made a requisition for forty-five hospital tents. There are none at Hagerstown. Will you please to inform me if I can get them at Harper's Ferry?

FIELDING LOWRY,

Captain and Quartermaster.

HAGERSTOWN, October 15, 1862.

Colonel INGALLS, Quartermaster:

I want at least 10,000 suits of clothing in addition to what I have received. It should be here now.

G. H. WEEKS,

Assistant Quartermaster.

HARPER'S FERRY, October 22, 1862.

General INGALLS,

Chief Quartermaster, & c.:

We have bootees, 12,000; great-coats, 4,000; drawers and shirts are gone; blankets and stockings nearly so; 15,000 each of these four articles are wanted.

ALEX. BLISS,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.

MCCLELLAN'S HEADQUARTERS,

October 24, 1862 - 11 a. m.

Captain D. G. THOMAS,

Military Storekeeper, Washington:

Please send to Captain Bliss, at Harper's Ferry, 10,000 blankets, 12,000 caps, 5,000 overcoats, 10,000 pairs bootees, 2,000 pairs artillery and cavalry boots, 15,000 pairs stockings, 15,000 drawers, and 15,000 pants. The clothing arrives slowly. Can it not be hurried along faster? May I ask you to obtain authority for this shipment?

RUFUS INGALLS,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp, Chief Quartermaster.

HAGERSTOWN, October 31.

Colonel INGALLS:

Clothing has arrived this morning. None taken by rebels. Shall I supply Franklin, and retain portions for Porter and Reynolds until called for?

G. H. WEEKS,

Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.