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Clothing, &c., issued to the army operating in Tennessee and Georgia, from the Nashville depot, from November 1, 1863, to September 1, 1864.

Sibley tents............. 4,350

Hospital tents........... 2,117

Wall tents............... 3,006

Shelter tents............ 131,848

Trousers:

Infantry................. 397,112

Mounted.................. 145,581

Greatcoats............... 112,843

Coats.................... 64,999

Blouses.................. 342,599

Shirts................... 466,854

Drawers.................. 574,538

Stockings................ 975,201

Shoes.................... 445,355

Boots.................... 178,532

Blankets:

Woolen................... 182,300

Water-proof.............. 107,715

Hats..................... 253,136

Caps..................... 75,436

Knapsacks................ 116,016

Canteneens............... 163,402

There were also issued at Nashville during this period:

Horses, principally for the cavalry and

artillery service........ 41,122

Mules.................... 38,724

Wagons................... 3,795

Forage issued at Nashville depot from November 1, 1863, to April 14, 1864.

Corn, bushels........... 2,122,145

Oats, bushels........... 3,332,200

Hay, tons............... 20,000

MILITARY RAILROADS IN USE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND.

On the 1st of November, 1863, there were in use in the Department of the Cumberland 123 miles of military railroads, with 30 locomotives and 350 cars; 187 persons employed in the transportation depot, and 4,000 in the railroad service; average dispatched per day, 40 cars.

On the 14th of September, 1864, the number of miles of railroad in use was 956; locomotives, 165; cars, 1,500; persons employed in transportation department, 150; in railroads service, 10,805; dispatched per day, 150 cars.

There has been transported by railroad in the above period 298,528 tons of freight and supplies, and over 14,000 troops. This is a statement of the dispatch south. The road being for a considerable part of the time fully occupied in sending forward supplies, the great movement of troops was made by marching from Nashville south.

The return business from the front included vast numbers of disabled and broken-down animals returned to the depot for sale or for recusation at the base of supplies; about 10,000 rebel prisoners; 40,000 sick and wounded soldiers; 50,000 returning veteran volunteers, and 50,000 tons of returned freight.

The expenditures at Nashville by the Quartermaster's Department exclusive of the military railroad service, amounted for nearly $14,000,000.

During the last session of Congress a bill was passed for the better organization of the Quartermaster's Department. It has not been as yet possible to carry all its provisions into full effect, but much progress has been made. It has improved the efficiency of the organization in the field materially; has encouraged officers, who see that good service meets with the reward of Honorable advancement, and has given general satisfaction. I do not doubt that it will, by its more thorough system of division of labor and responsibility in this office, by the means it provides for frequent and systematic inspections, and