236 LOUISIANA AND THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI. [CRAP. MAI.
?Âª No. 3.
Report of Lieut. Col. John G. Chandler, U. S. Army, Acting Chief
NEW ORLEANS, LA., December 26, 1864.
SIR : Your letter, dated November 26, 1864, Quartermaster-G-en-
eral's Office, Washington, D. C. requiring from me a report upon
the operations of the quartermaster's department in connection with
the Red River expedition, and the losses incurred therein, was
received by me on the 18th instant. In compliance therewith I have
the honor to submit the following ; On the 8th of January, 1864, the
movable field force of the Nineteenth Army Corps, the First Division,
commanded by Brigadier-General Emory, with a detachment of
cavalry and artillery, took post at Franklin, La., for the winter ;
this after having returned from a feint march toward Texas. The
command at this place was under Maj. Gen. W. B. Franklin, com-
manding Nineteenth Army Corps, to which command I was chief
quartermaster, with no more than general instructions to prepare
the command as far as pertained to my branch of the service for
active operations when the spring should open. The material of
the quartermaster's department with this command was put in per-
fect condition for any orders or exigencies that could obtain; wagons
completely repaired, mules and horses nursed and fatted, harness
and repair material liberally supplied and renewed, the troops
thoroughly equipped with all necessary articles of clothing, camp
and garrison equipage, and, indeed, every preparation made by me,
under orders from General Franklin, that could be anticipated to
place the department in good working order.
Just before the command was ordered to march, two divisions of
the Thirteenth Army Corps, hastily but quite thoroughly equipped,
joined our command for the march. The transportation of the
entire command at this time numbered 307 teams in the aggregate.
On the 15th of March this command left Franklin, La., under
orders for Shreveport, and with everything pertaining to the quar-
termaster's department in condition for long marches, and arrived
at Alexandria, on Red River, on the 25th March. During the few
months our command had been posted at Franklin, Brig. Gen. A. L.
Lee had organized a division of cavalry, or mounted men equipped
as cavalry, and mounted infantry, at New Orleans. To this com-
mand was attached two batteries of horse artillery. General Lee,
with his command, had preceded us a day or two in our march from
Franklin to Alexandria, and on my arrival at the latter place found
he had been there several days. With the organization of the
quartermaster's department of this command, and its outfit of
quartermaster's supplies, I had nothing to do, and was in conse-
quence irresponsible in every way up to the time of its joining
General Franklin's command. I will remark, however, that its
transportation appeared to be thoroughly and well prepared,
wagons, harness, and mules having been drawn from the New
Orleans depots, new and in good order. Its train consisted of about
,2_50 6-mule teams. Major-General Banks arrived at Alexandria, via
Mississippi and Red River, from New Orleans by steamer the 24th
March, the day previous to our arrival. The command remained at
Alexandria until the 28th March. The interval of three days was
occupied in refitting, repairing, resting, issuing fresh supplies of
forage and provisions, &c.