War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 1029 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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companies as mustered into service, as well as for the necessary supplies of clothing, tents, camp equiPAGE, and subsistence. I have deemed it not improper to direct your particular attention to these points, from the fact that many of our companies already in camp and mustered into service have not yet received their county money, and in many instances are unprovided with tents, axes, camp-kettles, and blankets-some of them almost without clothing. I need not say that the effect has been not only to delay the completion of the requisition, but greatly to depress the spirit of volunteering with our people. The Confederate quartermaster at this point has exerted himself to the utmost to supply these deficiencies, but is unable to procure the materials for tens, &c., in sufficient quantities to supply the demand for the different camps. At Tuscaloosa the material for tents can speedily be manufactured, subsistence purchased at reasonable rates, and probably a sufficient supply of camp equiPAGEobtained. If Captain Griswold, the acting quartermaster in command of the post at Tuscaloosa, is at once authorized to contract for tens, subsist the troops, and pay the bounty money, it will tend much to advance the public interests and facilitate matters at that point. I would also suggest that as the facilities for the communication of Tuscaloosa with Mobile are greater than with this place, that the funds for the purposes referred to be procured from the Government depository at that point, rather than from the quartermaster's department here.

I have the honor to be, &c., very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. GILL SHORTER.

RICHMOND, March 27, 1862.

General W. H. RICHARDSON,

Adjutant-General of Virginia:

GENERAL: In answer to your communication of yesterday and the following resolution of the Virginia Assembly therein inclosed-

Resolved, That the Governor be, and he is hereby, requested to communicate to the General Assembly, if he is informed, and if he is not to ascertain in the promptest way for the purpose of communicating, how many troops of all arms have engaged for three years or the war in the Confederate service from this State-

I am directed by the Adjutant and Inspector General to say that he regrets the information asked for cannot be given more fully, the returns thus far receives being very meager. The records of this Department furnish the following statement:

Men.

First five companies composing a battalion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370

Companies of artillery for the war organized prior to

January 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

New companies of artillery recently organized (nine). . . . 957

New companies of infantry recently organized (three). . . . 220

New companies of cavalry recently organized (two). . . . . . . 154

Re-enlisted. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,355

Recruits for old companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 495

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Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,801

It is known unofficially that a large number of men have re-enlisted and many new companies have been organized who have not yet been reported to this office.

Respectfully, &c.,

V. D. GRONER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.