Abstract from tri-monthly return of the Department of Richmond, Lieutenant General R. S. Ewell, C. S. Army, commanding, for March 20, 1865.a
Command Officers Men Effecti Aggregate Aggrega
ve present te
General staff 10 - - 10 10
G. W. C. Lee's 126 2,439 2,729 3,031 4,887
Moore's 86 824 971 1,196 3,199
Total 212 3,263 3,700 4,227 8,086
Artillery 28 437 494 584 791
9th Georgia 12 313 335 354 569
Total 40 750 829 938 1,360
Grand total 262 4,013 4,529 5,175 9,456
a Walker's brigade, 745 men, for duty temporarily in Richmond.
HDQRS. ARTILLERY, ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, March 21, 1865.
Colonel A. H. COLE,
Superintendent of Field Transportation, Richmond, Va.:
COLONEL: Major Mason, of General Fitz Lee's staff, has called to see me in reference to equipping the battalions of two batteries of horse artillery under Major Breathed to serve with General Fitz Lee's division of cavalry, and I have again to request that if you find it consistent with the general service of your department you authorize Major Mason to operate as among your agents in obtaining horses by purchase or impressment in such districts as may be agreed upon between him and yourself. While it is essential not unduly to reduce the working power of the farmers and not harshly to interfere with their rights, it is of the first importance to equip our artillery for an early campaign and especially to have our horse artillery ready for the conflict with the enemy's cavalry, which may be anticipated almost any day.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. N. PENDLETON,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, March 21, 1865.
General R. E. LEE,
The only information I have of Echols' brigade is that on the 12th instant it was at Farmville. It has never been under my command.