War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0299 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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series, who nevertheless earnestly desire to bear such part as they properly can in the military defense of the State. The proclamation of the Executive of the 3d instant authorized you "to call out and to cause to be mustered into the service of Virginia, from time to time, as the public exigencies may require, such additional number of volunteers as [you] may deem necessary. " My object in addressing you is respectfully to inquire whether you will authorize me to enlist a field battery of artillery, with the understanding that it is not to be ordered from the city of Richmond unless some special occasion of attack or defense, and then only to a convenient distance and for a brief period. In other words, I ask permission to raise a field battery on the was establishment for the special defense of the capital of the State.

I would respectfully suggest the following as the composition of the battery, to wit:

12- 6-

pounders. pounders.

12-pounders, mounted. . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . .

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6-pounders, mounted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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24-pounder howitzers, mounted. . . . . 2 . . . . .

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12-pounder howitzers, mounted. . . . . . . . . . 2

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6 6

Caissons for guns. . . . . . . . . . . 8 4

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Caissons for howitzers. . . . . . . . 4 2

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12 6

Traveling forges. . . . . . . . . . . 1 1

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Battery wagons. . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1

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Total numbers of carriages. . . . . . 20 14

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Ammunition:

For four guns-

Shot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560 560

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Spherical case. . . . . . . . . . . . 224 80

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Canister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 160

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869 800

For two howitzers-

Shells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 120

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Spherical case. . . . . . . . . . . . 112 160

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Canister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 32

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322 312

Total number of rounds. . . . . . . . 1218 1,112

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Draft-horses: 120 84

Sixth to each carriage. . . . . . . .

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Spare horses (1-12). . . . . . . . . . 10 7

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Total number. . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 91

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Should it please you to grant me the authority herein asked for I would be glad to make to you, at your convenience, or to some officer authorized by you, various suggestions on the subject. For your information I take the liberty of inclosing a copy of letter which I addressed to the Governor on the 17th ultimo.

I have the honor to be, general, will great respect, your obedient servant,

THOMAS H. ELLIS.