I sincerely desire that, when you have caused the enemy to desist from his attack on Charleston, you will come here and meet his attack on Mobile.
DABNEY H. MAURY.
Abstract from returns of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Dabney H. Maury, C. S. Army, commanding, for December 17, 1863; headquarters, Mobile, Ala.
Command. Offic Men Effec Aggreg Aggrega Pieces
ers tive ate te of
total presen present field
prese t. and artill
nt absent. ery.
Department 10 - - 10 11 -
Engineer 5 85 86 103 130 -
Mobile 104 1,721 1,938 2,226 2,814 16
Forts and 106 1,778 1,968 2,244 2,990 (*)
Pollard and 137 2,063 2,274 2,766 4,575 8
Total 362 5,647 6,266 7,349 10,520 24
REMARKS. - Brigadier General J. C. Moore assigned, December 10, to command the district including Pollard, Ala., and region of country west of Dog River and embracing the commands of Brigadier-General Clanton and Colonel Jenifer.
Surgeon J. F. Heustis assumed the duties of medical director of the department December 12.
The First Battalion Texas Sharpshooters transferred to Trans-Mississippi Department.
Organization of the Army in the Department of the Gulf, commanded by Major General Dabney H. Maury, C. S. Army, December 17, 1863; headquarters, Mobile, Ala.
Brigadier General JAMES CANTEY.
17th Alabama, Colonel V. S. Murphey.
29th Alabama, Colonel J. F. Conoley.
1st Mobile Local, Major . W. S. Moreland
City Redoubts, Lieutenant Colonel J. R. C. Lewis.
Trueheart's battalion, Major D. Trueheart.
Brigadier General J. H. CLANTON.
59th [61st] Alabama.
6th Alabama Cavalry, Colonel C. H. Colvin.
7th Alabama Cavalry, Colonel Joseph Hodgson.
15th Confederate Cavalry, Colonel H. Maury.
Squadron of cavalry.
Brigadier General EDWARD HIGGINS.
21st Alabama, Colonel C. D. Anderson.
1st Battalion Georgia Volunteers (Confederate), Colonel G. A. Smith.
1st Alabama Battalion Artillery, Major J. T. Gee.
12th Louisiana Battalion Artillery.
Bay batteries, Colonel E. L. Winder.
Louisiana battery, Captain Edward Durrive, jr.
Company engineer troops, Captain L. Hutchinson.
Company sappers and miners, Captain J. V. Gallimard.
*Armament not reported.