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Maj W J Hawks' Official Report

Report of February 6, 1863 on captured stores

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SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT, SECOND ARMY CORPS,
Guiney's Station, Va., February 6, 1863.

Lieutenant-General JACKSON,
Commanding Second Army Corps.

GENERAL: The following statement of property captured by your command is as nearly complete as I can make it:

FRONT ROYAL.
Flour ...................... barrels.. 85
     
WINCHESTER AND MARTINSBURG.
103 head of cattle ... pounds, gross.. 92,700
Bacon ...................... pounds.. 14,637
Hard bread ...................... do.. 6,000
Sugar...................... do.. 2,400
Salt...................... bushels.. 350
     
HARPER'S FERRY.
Salt-pork...................... pounds.. 1,315
Salt-beef...................... do.. 1,545
Bacon...................... do.. 19,267
Hard bread...................... do.. 155,954
Rice...................... do.. 628
Coffee...................... do.. 4,930
Sugar...................... do.. 209
Candles...................... do.. 67
Soap...................... do.. 280
Beans...................... bushels.. 29
Salt...................... do.. 154
Vinegar...................... gallons.. 180
Molasses...................... do .. 80

At McDowell nothing was captured except hard bread, which was issued to troops passing through - an extra ration. At Winchester, Martinsburg, and Harper's Ferry large amounts of supplies were carried off by division wagons, of which no report was made to me. Full rations were issued to 13,000 of the enemy for two days at Harper's Ferry. The issue was made before an inventory was taken.

Very respectfully,

W. J. HAWKS,
Major and Commissary of Subsistence, 2d A. C., Army of N. Va.

Source: OR1





Notes

1   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Vol. 19/Part 1 (Ser #27), pg. 961  [AotW citation 198]

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