little more than to hold the matter before the people, as I am urged to do by your most discreet and loyal friends. I claim that the success of my commands, the popular demonstrations at the ballot-box, the peace of Missouri, the public demonstration, all demonstrate the propriety of such a policy. I earnestly try to prevent the gathering into my lines of any, especially the negroes of loyal citizens, and especially because they encumber my camps. There is no occasion for orders to exclude, because the encumbrance prevents any considerable amount of such fugitives, except in Arkansas, where thousands do come within our lines, and I have tried to protect and use them for various purposes. I have no trouble with the soldiers, the people, or the negroes, but a few officers, a few slaveholders, and a few butternut politicians are constantly trying to make a mountain out of a mole-hill, and procuring a false impression somewhere.
Missouri can only be successful in her efforts to settle down quietly in the Union by allowing the Union leaders, and not the Union doubters,to hold the sway and direct public opinion. The slave power will be respected, but it cannot lead in this department. The people have resolved to carry out your war policy, and I rejoice in their determination.
I am, Mr. President, your obedient servant,
SAML. R. CURTIS,
Abstract from returns of the troops in the Department of the Missouri* for January 31, 1863.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate
District of Saint Louis, 399 6,591 9,674
Brigadier General Eugene A.
District of Southwestern
Missouri, Brigadier General
Egbert B. Brown:
Staff 5 --- 5
Volunteers force 32 356 752
Cavalry force, Missouri State 113 1,889 2,510
Total District of Southwestern 150 2,245 3,276
Army of the Frontier,
Brigadier General John M.
Staff 11 --- 11
First Division, Colonel 139 3,016 3,890
Second Division, Colonel 101 2,101 2,740
J. G. Clark
Third Division, Colonel James 130 3,087 3,946
Troops in the field, Captain 9 230 320
Albert P. Peabody
Total Army of the Frontier 390 8,434 10,907
District of Kansas, Brigadier 66 1,333 1,966
General James G. Blunt
District of Colorado, Colonel 55 1,189 1,680
John M. Chivington
Pieces of artillery.
Command. Aggregate Heavy. Field. Headquarters
District of Saint Saint Louis,
Louis, Brigadier 12,358 --- --- Mo.
General Eugene A.
District of Springfield,
General Egbert B.
Staff 6 --- ---
Volunteers force 378 --- ---
Cavalry force, 3,417 --- ---
Total District of 4,301 --- ---
Army of the Springfield,
Frontier, Brigadier Mo.
Staff 11 --- ---
First Division, 5,223 --- 22
Colonel William Weer
Second Division, 4,145 --- ---
Colonel J. G. Clark
Third Division, 5,644 --- 12
Colonel James O.
Troops in the field, 357 --- ---
Total Army of the 15,380 --- 34
District of Kansas, 2,425 7 8
James G. Blunt
District of 2,058 --- 9 Denver City,
Colorado, Colonel Colo.
John M. Chivington
*Compiled from district and other subordinate returns, and incomplete. No department returns on file.