I earnestly entreat that we may be strengthened in our force by the return of so many conscripts, at least, as will fill up our regiments. I am certain that in New England and the West men will readily volunteer for service in Texas, if it is permitted.
Unless we are strengthened, we may have to abandon the great advantage we have gained. We shall commence our movement to the Rio Grande to- day.*
I have the honor to be, with much respect, your most obedient servant,
N. P. BANKS,
Major- General, Commanding.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
General- in- Chief, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.
Strength and composition of the Rio Grande Expedition, October 31, 1863.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Aggrega Aggregat Pieces
te e of
present present field
. and artille
Staff and 15 89 114 115 .....
First Brigade 74 1,174 1,511 2,606 10
Second Brigade 82 1,667 2,075 3,468 6
Corps 16 416 467 499 .....
1st Texas 16 205 249 310 .....
Total* 203 3,551 4,416 6,998 16
*Dies not account for the Fifteenth Maine.
SECOND DIVISION, THIRTEENTH ARMY CORPS.
Major General N. J. T. DANA.
Brigadier General WILLIAM VANDEVER.
37th Illinois, Co. [John] Charles Black.
91st Illinois, Colonel Henry M. Day.
26th Indiana, Colonel John G. Clark.
34th Iowa, Colonel George W. Clark.
38th Iowa, Major Charles Chadwick.
1st Missouri Artillery, Battery E, Captain Joseph B. Atwater.
1st Missouri Artillery, Battery F, Captain Joseph Foust.
Colonel WILLIAM McE. DYE.
94th Illinois, Colonel John McNulta.
19th Iowa, Major John Bruce.
20th Iowa, Major William G. Thompson.
13th Maine, Lieutenant Colonel Frank S. Hesseltine.
20th Wisconsin, Colonel Henry Bertram.
1st Missouri Artillery, Battery B, Captain Martin Welfley.
15th Maine, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin B. Murray, jr.
1st Engineers, Corps d'Arfique, Colonel Justin Hodge.
16th Infantry, Corps d'Arfique, Colonel Matthew C. Kempsey.
1st Texas Cavalry, Colonel Edmund J. Davis.
Pioneer Company, Captain Alden H. Jumper.
*See Halleck to Banks, November 19, p. 806.