Abstract from return of the Department of the Ohio, &c.- Continued.
Present for duty
Command. Officers Men Aggregate
Department commander and 31 - 31
District of Western 508 8,790 12,120
District of Central 962 16,531 20,234
District of Eastern 78 1,257 1,627
District of Illinois 52 1,043 1,491
District of Indiana 65 2,198 2,428
District of Ohio 100 1,871 2,533
Newport Barracks, Ky. 5 171 236
Total 1,891 31,861 40,700
Grand total department 1,881 30,916 39,285
return for April, 1863.
Pieces of artillery.
Command. Aggregate Heavy Field.
Department commander and 32 - -
District of Western 20,706 2 43
District of Central 26,762 - 60
District of Eastern 2,009 - 6
District of Illinois 1,880 - -
District of Indiana 2,976 - -
District of Ohio 3,137 - -
Newport Barracks, Ky. 238 - -
Total 57,740 2 109
Grand total department 56,288 2 89
return for April, 1863.
MURFREESBOROUGH, May 1, 1863-11.35 a.m.
(Received 3.30 p.m.)
Brigadier-General THOMAS, Adjutant-General:
Will the Fourth Missouri and First Wisconsin Cavalry come here from the Department of the West? It is of the utmost importance to us to know this; and, if they are coming, how soon?
W. S. ROSECRANS,
Washington, May 1, 1863.
Major General W. S. ROSECRANS:
MY DEAR GENERAL: I have lately had much telegraphic correspondence with you in regard to horses. The Secretary of War directed me to report what had been done to supply you; hence the calls for reports. The fact is that our officers had orders and powers, limited only by the law, to fill your requisitions, and it is only lately that I have learned that the supply was insufficient for your wants. It is difficult to provide as many horses as you demand. When you obtained from the Secretary authority to mount a certain portion of your infantry, about 2,000 horses had been accumulated at Indianapolis. The officers at Louisville were authorized to fill your requisitions as fast as possible; to help them, the 2,000 at Indianapolis were ordered to you. I hoped that you would be speedily supplied. At that time, as I remember, from 6,000 to 8,000 infantry were to be mounted. Complaints began to come of the inferior quality of horses and mules purchased and forwarded to your army. The sudden demand for some 12,000 animals, the urgent pressure upon the officers to forward them promptly, had their natural effect of inducing officers, and the inspectors to be less nice than when acting under less urgent orders, and they allowed horses to pass inspection which, when they reached the front, were condemned. I directed investigation, and, finally, Captain Royall, of