HDQRS. DIST. OF SOUTHWEST MISS. AND EAST LA.,
January 20, 1865.
It having come to the knowledge of the general commanding the district that permits to transport cotton have been surreptitiously used, purporting to be by my authority, notice is hereby given that all such permits are false and unauthorized, and that no permits are to be respected unless signed by myself and accompanied by the certificate of F. H. Hatch, collector of customs, that the export duties have been paid. The certificate of the latter is in all cases indispensable. All officers, soldiers, and scouts are hereby ordered to arrest all parties moving cotton in violation of this order, together with the cotton, teams, and drivers, and report the same to these headquarters.
GEO. B. HODGE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding District.
DISTRICT OF WEST FLORIDA AND SOUTH ALABAMA,
East Pascagoula, January 31, 1865 - 11.30 p. m.
Colonel C. T. CHRISTENSEN,
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the last of my troops are just embarking for Mobile Bay. We have been unavoidably detained for two days because of the extremely low tides and fog, and the stranding of two of our best boats. I have succeeded in getting off both the Zephyr and Swaim, and have nothing behind. The Eighty-third Ohio passed here for Pensacola at 4 p. m. to-day. All the transports will be returned to Lakeport and New Orleans to-morrow. General Andrews' troops are all concentrated in Pensacola, leaving Bertram's brigade in Mobile Bay.
Abstract from return of the Department of the Cumberland, Major General George H. Thomas, U. S. Army, commanding, for the month of January, 1865.
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate
General headquarters 23 ... 23
Fourth Army Corps 675 13,659 17,148
District of 608 15,398 19,893
District of the 254 7,732 9,837
District of East 177 5,477 7,137
Reserve Brigade 33 762 1,103
Artillery Reserve 14 714 753
Unassigned Infantry 30 1,124 1,439
Unassigned artillery 4 204 213
Signal Corps 10 77 87
Veteran Reserve 16 363 741
Total 1,844 45,510 58,374
Continuation: Pieces of artillery.
Command. Aggregate Heavy. Field.
General headquarters 25 ... ...
Fourth Army Corps 29,364 ... 18
District of 26,403 32 86
District of the 12,923 19 133
District of East 10,244 14 69
Reserve Brigade 1,791 ... ...
Artillery Reserve 870 ... 24
Unassigned Infantry 1,768 ... ...
Unassigned artillery 267 4 5
Signal Corps 128 ... ...
Veteran Reserve 881 ... ...
Total 84,604 69 335