I hope to see you very soon down here. I do not believe the court will give you much trouble.
Please excuse me for writing unofficially on business matters.
I am, general, sincerely yours,
DABNEY H. MAURY,
This has been ready by General Hardee.
BENJ. S. EWELL,
Abstract from returns of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Dabney H. Maury, C. S. Army, commanding, for August, 1863.
Stations, &c. Offic Men Effect Aggreg Aggreg
ers ive ate ate
total presen presen
presen t t and
Department staff 12 --- --- 12 13
Mobile 109 1,615 1,794 2,292 3,150
Forts Morgan, Gaines, 50 953 1,103 1,248 1,503
Pollard 70 1,199 1,279 1,555 2,470
Hall's Mills 13 214 224 265 450
Selma 13 67 86 107 136
Talladega 12 91 105 127 240
Total 279 4,139 4,591 5,606 7,962
Infantry -- --- 1,534 --- ---
Artillery -- --- 2,188 --- ---
Cavalry -- --- 869 --- ---
[NOTE ON ORIGINAL.]-Brigadier General S. B. Maxey's brigade not incorporated in this report, they only reporting August 31. Field return shows effective total, 1,834; total, 1,987; aggregate present, 2,242.
Polk County, Tex., August 31, 1863.
Captain EDMUND P. TURNER,
SIR: I have the honor to report that immediately on receiving your order of the 7th instant to furnish information with a view to the location of iron-works on Trinity River, I addressed letters to gentlemen in the iron region of the highest character and intelligence and long residence in our State, thinking it better to rely on their combined information, acquired through a series of years, than on the doubtful and unsatisfactory results of such an examination as I would have been able to make in person. Their replies have begun to reach me; and as I have already received enough to establish the material facts, I think it better to report at once, under the possibility of General [Benjamin]