War of the Rebellion: Serial 033 Page 0727 Chapter XXXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Abstract from return of the Department of the Missouri, Major General John M. Schofield commanding, for November, 1863; headquarters Saint Louis, Mo.

Present for duty.

Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate

present.

Department staff. 19 ... 19

Benton Barracks. 40 1,127 1,479

Schofield Barracks. 8 199 238

District of Saint 136 2,888 4,415

Louis.

District of Rolla. 66 1,409 1,883

District of 160 4,213 5,230

Southwestern

Missouri.

District of Central 86 2,589 3,112

Missouri.

District of 33 698 862

Northern Missouri.

District of the 124 3,261 3,936

Border.

District of the 212 5,628 7,220

Frontier.

District of 34 645 795

Nebraska.

District of 57 1,072 1,445

Colorado.

Army of Arkansas. 523 10,149 14,017

Military prison at 31 480 700

Alton.

Total. 1,529 34,358 45,351

Pieces of artillery.

Command. Aggregate Aggregate Heavy. Field.

present last

and return.

absent.

Department staff. 19 14 ... ....

Benton Barracks. 1,590 420 ... ...

Schofield 283 271 ... ....

Barracks.

District of Saint 5,931 6,759 15 19

Louis.

District of Rolla. 2,373 2,269 ... 8

District of 7,015 6,526 ... 14

Southwestern

Missouri.

District of 3,669 3,284 .... 8

Central Missouri.

District of 949 934 ... ...

Northern Missouri.

District of the 5,167 5,113 13 7

Border.

District of the 9,260 9,184 ... 18

Frontier.

District of 908 721 ... 4

Nebraska.

District of 1,870 1,597 ... 18

Colorado.

Army of Arkansas. 21,329 23,845 ... 51

Military prison at 733 733 ... ...

Alton.

Total. 61,096 61,670 28 147

CAMP FIFTEEN MILES EAST OF DONIPHAN,

December 1, 1863.

General FISK:

I arrived here last evening, and find, from reliable information, that there is no force at Doniphan, nor has there been. I have reliable information, however, of a squad of rebels, numbering 90, supposed to be in command of Reves and Sickles. They had a dismounted howitzer with them, carrying it in an ambulance. They were seen 30 miles west of Poplar Bluff, making for Ash Hill Wednesday night, to concentrate, day before yesterday, at about 10 a. m. I shall start for the Ash Hill in a few minutes, and shall reach there to-night.

SAML. MONTGOMERY,

Major.

FORT SMITH, ARK., December 1, 1863.

Major-General SCHOFIELD:

The train General Blunt brought through from Fort Scott is here-248 [wagons], by this morning's report. All not repairing are in use collecting wheat and corn for grinding, carrying stores to troops in the field, or collecting forage. The post quartermaster has 60 more wagons in forage and feed business. I have sent no train to Little Rock, because I have neither been able to get wagons from the quartermaster nor supply mounted guard. There is a train within 80 miles, on the Line road, which, when it arrives, I expect to have transportation so that I can draw on Little Rock for supplies. The Fourteenth Kansas Cavalry are with it. The train to Little Rock should start each month, and be 200 wagons, each with a strong guard. We make no requisition on Fort Scott, but have no Springfield. I did not report on McDonald stock, as the provost-marshal found it only an ordinary stock of merchandise. My personal observations confirm this report. The ostensible parties are McDonald and Brooks. General Blunt has not returned to Fort Leavenworth. He is acting under authority of the War Department