War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0962 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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urged on their consideration. Negotiations with the enemy have recently been in progress with the view of effecting a general exchange of prisoners. They are not yet entirely completed, and to avoid further delay in submitting this report they will be presented in a separate communication. *

The attention of Congress is respectfully invoked to the absolute necessity of an augmentation in the clerical force in the Department. The undersigned and the chiefs of bureaus are compelled to extend their labors beyond reasonable limits; the clerks have been directed to attend at their desks two additional hours in the evening, and yet the details of business have accumulated with such rapidity that the accounts of disbursing officers to the amount of many hundreds remain unsettled, and correspondence is an arrears in all the bureaus. I solicit that there be an increase of twenty clerks, to be divided among the seven bureaus in such proportion as may be found most advantageous by the head of the Department, of whom six should have salaries of $1,500 a year, six at $1,200 a year, and the remainder at $1,000 a year. A glance through the rooms of the War Department will satisfy any observer that this addition is the least that can enable the officers to perform the public business with accuracy and dispatch.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. BENJAMIN,

Secretary of War.

Statement of troops in the service of the Confederate States.

For the war.

Total.

State. Regiments Battalion Regiments Battalion Aggregat

. . . s. e.

Alabama. 17 4 15. 000 1. 475 16. 475

Arkansas 2 2 1. 700 820 2. 520

.

Indians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Florida. . . . 1 . . . 300 300

Georgia. 24 3 19. 680 1. 525 21. 205

Kentucky 4 1 3. 200 200 3. 400

.

Louisian 10 8 8. 370 3. 650 12. 020

a.

For twelve months.

Total.

State. Regulatio Battalion Regiments Battalion Aggregat

ns. s. . s. e.

Alabama. 9 5 8. 145 1. 825 9. 970

Arkansas 21 7 16. 340 2. 450 18. 790

.

Indians. 4 1 3. 300 200 3. 500

Florida. 5 2 4. 350 1. 000 5. 350

Georgia. 12 5 10. 000 2. 150 12. 150

Kentucky 5 1 3. 950 600 4. 550

.

Louisian 13 3 10. 280 1. 250 11. 530

a.

State. Grand Remarks.

total.

Alabama. 26. 445 One regiment cavalry, two battalions

artillery; the balance infantry.

Arkansas 21. 310 Three regiments cavalry; three

. battalions cavalry; the balance

infantry.

Indians. 3. 500 All cavalry.

Florida. 5. 650 One regiment cavalry and several

artillery companies; the balance

infantry.

Georgia. 33. 355 Enough companies of cavalry to make one

regiment; several companies artillery.

Kentucky 7. 950 One regiment and one battalion cavalry;

. several companies artillery; balance

infantry.

Louisian 23. 550 One regiment artillery; one battalion

a. and several independent companies

independent companies artillery; one

regiment cavalry; balance infantry. One

of the twelve-months' regiments for local

defense; number of men in each company

enlisted for the war.