weeks thereafter (July 19) the last regiment started for home. During the interval the work, like that for General Sherman's command, was not continuous, it being interrupted and delayed by the movement of the Sixth Corps from Danville, VA., to this city and the consolidation, by orders of June 28, of the remaining portion of the army into a provisional corps, numbering, present and absent, 22,699 officers and men. Thus, for the two commands in question, and between the 29th of May and the 1st of August (two months), 279,034 officers and men, present and absent, were mustered out and placed en route to their homes. Including other armies and departments, the number was increased by August 7 (two months and seven days) to 640,806 officers and men. From the foregoing it is seen that the mass of the forces discharged were mustered out by September 14, or within two months and a half from the tie the movements of troops homeward commenced. The average per month during that time is 299,442.
THOMAS M. VINCENT,
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
November 15, 1865.
C.-Exhibit of the forces of the United States on the 1st of May, 1864.
Army or Aggregate Summary Aggregate
Department of 42,124 Brought forward- 662,345
Washington present available
Army of the 120,384 Present, sick in a 41,266
Potomac field hospitals or
unfit for duty
Department of 59,130 Absent on detached 109,348
Virginia and service
Department of 18,169 Absent with leave, b 66,290
the South including
prisoners of war
Department of 61,865 Absent, in general b 75,978
the Gulf hospitals and on
sick leave at home
Department of 23,666 Absent without b 15,483
Department of 74,170 Grand aggregate, 970,710
the Tennessee present and absent
Department of 15,775
Department of 5,296
Department of 4,798
Department of 119,948
Department of 35,416
Department of 30,782
Department of 2,828
Department of 2,970
Ninth Army 20,780
Department of 3,454
Department of 5,141
Total a 662,345
a Taken from monthly returns.
b Taken from tri-monthly returns.
*An examination of the original returns for April 30, 1864 (from which the numbers in this column were compiled), shows that all officers and men reported as "present for duty," "on extra or daily duty," and "in arrest or confinement," are here included under th head of "aggregate present available for duty."