War of the Rebellion: Serial 092 Page 0078 Chapter LVI. OPERATIONS IN S. C., GA., AND FLA.

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regarding the proposed line, he was instructed to open it, but the occupation of the city on the 21st by th rendered this line useless. Lieutenant Sherfy, however, was retained, and many important messages transmitted until the evening of the 22d, when, by order of the general commanding, it was broken up and the officers withdrew to their respective detachments.

I have the honor to be, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES M. McCLINTOCK,

Captain and Acting Chief Signal Officer.

Lieutenant Colonel W. J. L. NICODEMUS,

Commanding Signal Corps, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

Numbers 9. Report of Lieutenant Colonel David Remick, Chief Commissary of Subsistence. HDQRS. DEPARTMENT AND ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Near Savannah, Ga., December 18, 1864.

GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report of subsistence for the Army of the Tennessee:

We took from Atlanta as follows: Hard bread, 15 days; fresh beef, 10 days; sugar, 15 days; coffee, 25 days; salt, 60 days.

It was thirty-four days from the time we left Atlanta until we received stores, which would give the following amount of subsistence taken from the country for 35,000 men:

Stores. Number of Quantity. Rate per Total

days pound. amount.

rations.

Pounds. Cents.

Bread stuff. 19 665,000 7 $46,550 00

Fresh beef. 30 1,312,500 15 196,875 00

Sugar. 18 89,250 27 24,097 50

Coffee. 8 22,400 70 15,680 00

Total cost . . . . . . . . $283,202 50

(Government .

price).

Our command started with head of cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000

Took up as captured cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,500

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11,500

Consumed on the trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,000

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Balance on hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500

I would respectfully call your attention to the very imperfect coopering of packages containing stores. When they are to be transported over long and rough roads by wagons, the boxes of hard bread should be bound with iron hoops or hickory witches, and sugar should be put in substantial barrels.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. REMICK,

Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Com. of Sub. Dept. and Army of the Tenn.

Major General O. O. HOWARD.