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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Mobile, Ala., August 1, 1863.

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.:

GENERAL: In April last a brigade, composed of the Eighteenth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-eight Alabama Regiments, Nineteenth Louisiana, Ninth Alabama Battalion, was detached from the garrison of this place and sent to General Bragg. Desiring to increase my command to meet any emergency, I have the honor most respectfully to request, should the condition of General Bragg's army admit of it,the return of these troops, or that General Bragg be instructed to send them to me upon my requisition.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

DABNEY H. MAURY,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

Colonel [H. L.] CLAY:

Inform General Maury that no troops can be spared from General Bragg's army at this time, and it is not foreseen when any can be spared.

S. C.[COOPER.]

Abstract from returns of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Dabney H. Maury, C. S. Army, commanding, for August 1, 1863.

Present.

Command. Effective Total. Aggregate.

total.

Department of staff --- --- 10

Eastern Division:

Infantry 511 615 646

Artillery 43 45 46

Cavalry 330 372 389

Western Division:

First Brigade:

Infantry 804 844 887

Artillery 987 1,301 1,365

Third Brigade:

Artillery 987 1,048 1,107

Cavalry 201 208 215

Montgomery, Ala.:

Infantry 210 254 266

Cavalry 42 47 48

Artillery 315 332 365

Selma, Ala. 88 94 103

Murphy's Independent 207 223 230

Cavalry Battalion.

Command. Aggregate Remarks.

present and

absent.

Department of staff Brigadier General

James E. Slaughter

12 and staff ordered to

report to Lieutenant

General E. K. Smith

Eastern Division:

Infantry 820

Artillery 47

Cavalry 485

Fifth Alabama

Cavalry sent to

General Johnston.

Western Division:

First Brigade:

Infantry 958

Artillery 2,007

Third Brigade:

Artillery 1,253

Cavalry 249

Montgomery, Ala.:

Infantry 385

Cavalry 98

Artillery 654

Selma, Ala. 132

Murphy's Independent 430

Cavalry Battalion.