Washington, D. C., December 8, 1862
Brigadier General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Mann's Michigan cavalry are ordered to the Army of the Potomac. You have recently had 4,000 sets of horse equipments, 3,600 carbines and Colt's revolving rifles, with all the necessary appurtenances, and all the swords and pistols for which you have called. Lately you have received a far larger proportion of cavalry arms than any other commander. Which of your cavalry regiments are insufficiently armed? What were their numbers originally, and what arms had they? What are their numbers, now, and what arms have they?
P. H. WATSON,
Assistant Secretary of War.
December 8, 1862-11.35. p.m
P. H. WATSON,
Assistant Secretary of War:
Three thousand and thirty-eight cavalry present: 1,496 absent; total, 4,534; 1,996 carbines; 2,554 pistols. Exclusive of Tennessee and Anderson Guard, now leaving Louisville, 1,516; Camp Dennison, 717; here, 650; total, 2,883. Total to be armed, 7,417. Carbines in hands of cavalry, 2,496; received this day, 3,600; total, 6,096; deficit, 1,321. supposing absentees return. Effective cavalry strength present December 4, 3,810, exclusive of the Tennessee and Anderson Guard, now coming down. You must remember that the first arms so kindly sent me by the Secretary of War went to cavalry in Mississippi.
W. S. ROSECRANS,
Washington, December 8, 1862
Major-General WRIGHT, Cincinnati, Ohio:
General Rosecrans is calling for cavalry. The Michigan troops are ordered to the Army of the Potomac. If you can spare him any others in your department, send them to him.
H. W. HALLECK,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO,
Cincinnati, Ohio, December 8, 1862.
Major-General H. W. HALLECK,
General-in-Chief, Washington, D. C.:
I have no cavalry to spare. There is a Tennessee regiment for General Rosecrans at Camp Dennison, waiting for arms and horse equipments, which Have been vainly endeavoring for a month to get. Some new Kentucky regiments are in same condition.
H. G. WRIGHT,