Abstract from returns of the Department of the Gulf, &c.- Continued.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate Aggregat
Port Hudson, La.
Corps d'Afrique, 102 2.763 3.489 3.868
Other troops. 78 1.583 2.097 2.311
Total. 180 4.346 5.586 6.179
District of Key 23 365 690 1.080
West and Tortugas
District of 46 834 1.049 1.142
Grand total. 2.043 38.659 50.591 71.774
Pieces of artillery.
Command. Heavy. Artillery. Remarks.
Port Hudson, La.
Corps d'Afrique, ... ...
Other troops. ... 12
Total. ... 12
District of Key West and ...
Tortugas (Woodbury). ...
District of Pensacola ... ...
Grand total. 36 155
November 1, 1863.
Major G. NORMAN LIEBER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:
SIR: With deep regret I have to inform you that a serious accident occurred this morning upon this railroad at a point known as "company canal," 8 miles distant from this station. A train, which left Brashear at 8.30 p. m., was obliged to stop at that point, owing to a defect in the engine, and send to this place for another engine.
As near as can be ascertained, the conductor of the train failed to take the usual precautions, as per rules and regulations, and just at daybreak another train, which was nearly or quite four hours behind the first, was thrown upon the rear of the train, crushing the cars in and upon each other.
The casualties among the troops which were being transported were 10 men killed, and between 60 and 70 wounded, many of the latter seriously.
These were principally men belonging to the Ninety-seventh Illinois Regiment, and were upon the second train.
I very respectfully request that a board of inquiry may be appointed as soon as practicable to investigate the causes which led to this accident, and to fix the responsibility upon the proper parties.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. A. MOORE,
Captain, and Assistant Quartermaster.
HDQRS. NINETEENTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 24.
Vermillion Bayou, La., November 2, 1863.
Colonel E. L. Molineaux, One hundred and fifty-ninth New York Volunteers, acting assistant inspector-general at these headquarters, Nineteenth Army Corps, is hereby appointed acting provost-marshal-general of all the forces in the field under command of Major-General Franklin, and is announced as such. He will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Colonel Molineaux is authorized to call upon the assistant inspectors-