they have an equal in the Government or not. Captain McGehee, though, will give you all the particulars of his former operations while making such desperate captures. Speed this matter, and let him return.
Believe me, your friend, truly,
JOS. F. BARTON,
Captain Company D.
HDQRS. TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Little Rock, February 28, 1863.
I. Brigadier General J. C. Tappan, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, will report to Major General T. C. Hindman for assignment to the command of the brigade now commanded by Colonel J. R. Shaler.
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By command of Lieutenant-General Holmes:
S. S. ANDERSON,
Abstract from consolidated report of Hindman's division, Trans-Mississippi Army, Major General Thomas C. Hindman commanding, for February 28, 1863.
Present for duty.
Aggrega- te pre-
Offi Aggrega- te pre- sent
Command. cers Men. te pre sent and and
sent. absent. absent
Division staff. 11
11 13 12
Frost's brigade. 96 980 1,339 2,356 2,373
Fagan's brigade. 91 1,025 1,431 3,785 3,814
McRae's brigade. 128 1,227 1,753 3,105 3,566
Parsons' brigade. 130 1,703 2,443 3,692 3,744
Shaler's brigade. 70 682 1,115 3,307 3,394
Artillery of 16 224 306 414
Coarser's company. 4 58 77 85 87
Total. 546 5,900 8,475 16,757 16,990
HEADQUARTERS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT,
Little Rock, March 1, 1863.
Brigadier General J. S. MARMADUKE,
Commanding Cavalry Division, near Batesville, Ark.:
GENERAL: Your communications of the 24th of February, asking authority to impress negroes and horses, have been received and laid before the lieutenant-general commanding. He directs me to say that you are authorized to make the impressments you desire. He further directs me to say that, if possible, you will impress and additional number of negroes (say 200 or 300), and send them to Little Rock for employment in the department at this place.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN W. HINSDALE,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.