War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0467 Chapter XXXI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

Search Civil War Official Records

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF CHIEF QUARTERMASTER, Camp near Harper's Ferry, October 22, 1862-11 a. m.

Captain DANIEL G. THOMAS,

Military Storekeeper, Washington, D. C.:

There is still a great deficiency of clothing at Harper's Ferry. Will you please ship at once to Captain Alexander Bliss, assistant quartermaster, at that point, as follows: 5,000 forage caps, 7,500 blouses, lined, 7,500 knit jackets, 15,000 infantry dress coats, 10,000 pairs infantry trowsers, 10,000 flannel shirts, 10,000 pairs drawers, 2,000 pairs cavalry and artillery boots, small size, 10,000 pairs bootees from size 5 to 9, 15,000 pairs stockings, 5,000 infantry overcoats and straps, 5,000 knapsacks, 5,000 haversacks, 5,000 canteens, 5,000 ponchos or gum blankets, 500 artillery jackets, 1,000 cavalry jackets, 5,000 shelter tents, 500 camp kettles, 1,000 mess pans, 5,000 ax slings, 100 Sibley tents, 300 common tents, an assortment of blank books, drums, bugles, &c.

Please refer to General Meigs for the necessary authority to ship these supplies and hurry them forward. I am much obliged for the promptness of the general and yourself. If you brigade commanders and quartermasters were equally prompt in making their wants known, we should hear no complaints.

RUFUS INGALLS,

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

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF CHIEF QUARTERMASTER, Camp near Harper's Ferry, October 22, 1862-2.30 p. m.

General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army, Washington:

I have taken the most effective measures in my power to procure the horses required. They will arrive within ten days, no doubt.

We have clothing on hand at the depots, but it is called for without much previous notice. At Harper's Ferry we have to-day 12,000 pairs bootees, &c. We require more blankets, stockings, drawers, and shirts. These articles should come first. May I request you will direct Captain Thomas to send some of these on my order of to-day?

I desire to state that my requisitions for clothing have always been promptly filled.

RUFUS INGALLS,

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

HEADQUARTERS CAMP, October 22, 1862-10.30 a. m.

Colonel A. BECKWITH,

Commissary of Subsistence, U. S. A., Washington, D. C.:

Unless there is something speedily done to expedite the transmission of subsistence stores over the railroad from Washington to Hagerstown, our depot at the latter place until fail to supply the troops now drawing stores from it. In this report of yesterday Captain Bell states that only four car-loads of the 500,000 rations that commenced leaving Wash-