JANUARY 21, 1865.
For attention as to the call for clothing, &c.
I have, in addition, an unofficial letter from General York stating that his operations in recruiting are much retarded by inability to obtain supplies of clothing, &c. With them he thinks he could speedily fill his brigade with reliable material.
J. A. S.,
Richmond, January 31, 1865.
Respectfully returned to the Secretary of War:
Major Pierce, at Raleigh, and Captain Crafts, at Charleston, were both instructed to issue supplies to such men as General York might recruit. There has been no time since the order was given when their weekly reports did not show supplies enough for more men than have been enlisted.
A. R. LAWTON,
[NOTE.- A copy of the above letter of the 17th of January was also addressed to General R. E. Lee, and the following are the indorsements thereon, viz:]
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
January 24, 1865.
Respectfully forwarded for the consideration of the War Department.
I am ignorant of the reasons that induced authority to be given to Colonel Tuckner and others. General York is recruiting for the Louisiana brigade.
R. E. LEE,
ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,
February 7, 1865.
Respectfully submitted to the honorable Secretary of War.
The authority of Lieutenant-Tuckner wa granted before Brigadier-General York was authorized to recruit for his command. It is understood that Lieutenant-Colonel Tuckner has completed his enlistments, unless he be authorized to recruit another company to form a regiment.
By order, &c.:
JNO. BLAIR HOGE,