Aug 22 1861 “I find a great deficiency in everything for the comfort and efficiency of an army”

Aug 22 1861 Wrote Capt Speed Bulter, adjutant general to Brig. Gen. John Pope. “During yesterday I visited the camps of the different commands about this city and selected locations for troops yet to arrive.  I find a great deficiency in everything for the comfort and efficiency of an army.  Most of the troops are without clothing, camp and garrison equipage.  Ammunition was down to about ten rounds of cartridges and for the artillery none is left.  The artillery here consists of four six pounders, without artillery-men, and one twenty four pound howitzer, too heavy for field use.  The Post Quartermaster and Commissary have not been here since my arrival, so that I cannot report fully as to these departments.  They are apparently in a bad condition.  There are no rations for issue; the mules, sent some time since, are guarded in a lot, no effort is being made to get them into teams; and a general looseness prevailing.”

“I have fitted out an expedition of three hundred and fifty men to scour the country around where the cars were fired into day before yesterday.  Such information has been received here as will probably lead to the arrest of many of the parties engaged.”

National Archives RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence, O.R., I, iii, 452.

 

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