Abstract from field return of the Light and Heavy Artillery, District of Texas, Major H. Willke, chief of artillery, commanding, for November 20, 1864.
Present for duty. Pieces of art.
Offi Men. Aggreg Heav Fiel
Command. cers ate y. d.
Chief of artillery (Houston) 1 -- 1 - -
Staff of light artillery and 3 -- 3 - -
officers of artillery corps
Dege's Light Battery 1 43 49 - 4
Willke's Light Battery - 38 47 - 4
Welhausen's Light Battery 3 36 55 - 4
Hughes' Light Battery (Cedar 4 49 74 - 4
Nichols' Light Battery 2 51 57 - 4
Jones' Light Battery 5 63 77 - 6
Total 19 280 363 - 26
Defenses of Galveston 33 942 1,238 41 -
Defenses of Sabine Pass 12 218 264 9 -
Defenses of Velasco 5 118 140 8 -
Gun-boats Corpus Christi and -- --- --- 3 -
Total 50 1,278 1,642 61 -
Grand total 69 1,558 2,005 61 26
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS,
Camden, November 20, 1864.
[General E. K. SMITH:]
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 18th instant, in reference to Wharton's cavalry and the selection of a suitable part of the country for their winter quarters-one which would afford them facilities for foraging and at the same time opportunity for instruction and drill. You will perceive by the inclosed General Orders, Numbers 80,* that I have already provided for the protection of the cotton in charge of Captain Polk, assistant quartermaster, and also that I have selected Brigadier-General Steele's brigade as the most available one to remain until such time as the cavalry of Major-General Price shall have recovered sufficiently to replace it. This will probably not be the case for a month or two. I would state that owing to the fact that Wharton's train of wagons has been sent to Laynesport to convey provisions for Major-General Price's command, it is probable that they (Wharton's cavalry) will not be able to move until the return of this train.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. BANKHEAD MAGRUDER,
Major-General, Commanding, &c.
HEADQUARTERS CHURCHILL'S DIVISION,
Camp Lee, November 20, 1864.
I. The major-general commanding will review this division on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., in the field in the rear of Mr. Dickson's place. The
*See p. 1065.