War of the Rebellion: Serial 041 Page 0906 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA, TEX., N. MEX. Chapter XXXVIII.

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we had not received any for six months, although several estimates had been forwarded in that time.

We have also shipped to the Department of the Gulf 1,200 serviceable mules, of which 300 were sent from Natchez, and the remaining 900 from this place. Yet, in spite of all this, they have made representations to the authorities at Washington which are highly detrimental to us. I would respectfully state that numerous estimates for various supplies needed at this post have been forwarded to the proper officers, as also many duplicates to the same, to which, I am sorry to say, the necessary attention has not been given.

Respectfully submitting the foregoing your consideration, I am, general, your most obedient servant,

W. C. HURLBUT,

Captain, and Assistant Quartermaster.

Report of amount of forage estimated for, and the amount received, for the months of October, November, and December, 1863.

Amount estimated for. Amount received.

Month. Grain. Hay. Grain. Hay.

October Pounds. Pounds. Pounds. Pounds.

12,363,720

14,420,740 2,713,988 77,000

November 9,102,666 10,213,333 1,645,824 1,556,473

December 8,569,000 9,750,000 9,261,550 737,309

Total 30,026,386 34,384,073 13,621,362 2,370,782

Amount due ........ ......... 16,405,024 32,013,291

on

estimates

[Sub-Inclosure Numbers 2.]

ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

Vicksburg, Miss., January 4, 1864.

Captain SAMUEL TAGGART, Assistant Adjutant-General:

The steamer Collier has just arrived with a tow of nine barges of coal, estimated to contain 125,000 bushels of coal. I am informed by the captain of the boat that it is private coal, and is to be sold to the Government at a contract price on its arrival in New Orleans. The steamer Porter is still in port with about 25,000 bushels of coal belonging to the quartermaster's department, and this is also consigned to New Orleans. About 8,000 bushels of the original amount that the Porter had has been ordered to be detained.

We are in great need of coal, and thought best to notify you of the fact, so that you could take such measures as you think best.

G. L. FORT,

Captain, and Assistant Quartermaster.

ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE,

Vicksburg, Miss., January 16, 1864.

Colonel CLARK, Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to respectfully report that up to December 1, 1863, not one single bushel of coal which was en route to the department of the Gulf was ever seized by Major-General McPherson or any other