The following is a list of transportation accompanying the reserve train:
Trains, &c. Number of army Number of Total number
wagons. pounds carried of pounds
by each. carried.
Division and 13 2,400 31,200
Hospital 28 2,400 67,200
Regiment 56 2,400 134,400
Regiment 49 2,400 117,600
Five 15 2,500 37,500
Supply train, 71 2,300 163,300
with six days'
Supply train, 33 2,400 86,400
Supply train, 7 2,400 16,800
Supply train, 6 2,400 14,400
Stores for 6 2,400 14,400
Division 49 1,898 93,002
Division 20 1,840 36,800
Total 353 27,738 813,002
Trains, &c. Number of rounds Number rounds
Division and brigade -- --
Hospital stores, one -- --
wagon per regiment
Regiment officers' -- --
baggage, camp and
Regiment wagons, with -- --
forage and rations
Five batteries, with -- --
forage and provisions
Supply train, with six -- --
Supply train, with forage -- --
Supply train, with -- --
Supply train, with -- --
Stores for sale to -- --
Division ordnance train, 833,000 --
Division ordnance trains, -- 2,976
Total transportation and 833,000 2,976
Average load on each wagon, 2,303 pounds.
Each man carried in his knapsack and on his
person eight days' marching ration.................. 16
60 rounds of ammunition.............................. 6
1 blanket, 1 overcoat (or rubber blanket), one-half
shelter-tent, 1 shirt, 1 pair drawers, 1 pair socks,
1 knapsack, and 1 haversack............................ 11
Gun and accouterments.................................. 11
Total weight carried by each man....................... 44
For the purpose of estimating the loss in clothing, camp and garrison equipage thrown away and left on the field, I accompany this report with a list of these articles supplied on requisition from the date of the return to this camp (May 7) to the present date, at which time the men are fully supplied,
The loss in overcoats was probably the greatest, but as the men do not require for the loss, at this season, it does not appear [sic.]. The best criterion by which to judge of the waste is in blankets, the amount drawn for being 3,011. Our effective force being now 8,000, three-eighths of the men have lost one blanket each. The knapsacks drawn amount to 4,614, showing more than half lost, probably on the battle-field, by being relieved of them during action.
Four thousand shelter-tents have been supplied, showing a loss of one-half; 1,768 canteens have been supplied, one-fifth lost; 2,980 haversacks supplied, three-eighths lost; 3,017 rubber blankets supplied, three-eighths lost. The balance, being articles of clothing supposed to be worn out, ar not noticed.
Not having been with the marching column, I cannot decide from observation on the question of the advantage of loading the men heavily and with knapsacks. Reliable officers inform me that the men, though much fatigued, did not straggle, and that the result of the last march is more successful than former marches, when the roads were incumbered by trains. I consider the experiment of using pack-mules successful, and, with the experience we have had in the last march, it will prove an important part of the transportation.
Respectfully submitted by your obedient servant,
W. R. HOPKINS,
Lieutenant Colonel, and Chief Quartermaster Twelfth Army Corps.