The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 13. Page: 976
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MO., ARK., KANS., IND. T., AND DEPT. N. W. [CHAP. XXV
that I had more than one available, and that I could still be allowed to
retain the worst battery for myself. As I had but one, I thought it but
just to Major-General Hindman to suppose that he did not mean to take
the only battery in the Indian country and present it to Colonel Car-
roll. I therefore sent orders to Captains West and Corley to return and
take the road by Perryville to the Canadian, which they did; and when
I learned that I was relieved of the command here, I informed both
captains that I had no further orders to give them, and that they could
either obey my first order, and go to Fort Smith, or report to Colonel
Cooper for orders, as they might think proper.
In view of Colonel Cooper's urgent clamor for artillery, I thought it
safest to let the only six guns available go as far as the Canadian, in
the direction of Fort Gibson, from which place General Hindman could,
if he wished, still direct them to Fort Smith. The remaining guns-a
bronze 6-pounder and howitzer and twelve Parrott guns-are at Fort
McCulloch, in charge of a few recruits and without horses. I declined
a second advance of my private funds to purchase horses when Wood-
ruff's battery left here. General Van Dorn has most of the caissons of
the Parrott guns, and most of the harness, also, was appropriated at
I am, very respectfully, yours,
Brigadier-General, Provisional Army, 0. S. A
FORT WASHITA, August 3, 1862.
Maj. R. C. NEWTON, Assistant Adjutant-General:
MAJOR: I received, on Monday, the order of Major-General Hindman,
relieving me of the command of the forces in this Territory, and direct-
ing me to report in person at his headquarters.
During the last five months I have been compelled to disburse $680,000
of Indian moneys, under treaties, and to act in various other ways as Su-
perintendent of Indian Affairs. Of the amount disbursed, $100,000 has
been paid for feeding the Reserve Indians and Cominanches, for which I
have not received regular vouchers, to procure which I will probably
have to go to the Wichita Agency. Fifteen thousand dollars, also, has
been sent by me, by an agent, to be invested in Texas in purchasing
wagons, cattle, &c., for the same Indians, and I must procure the proper
vouchers for those purchases and see to the delivery of the property.
It was for the purpose of closing these and other matters of public
interests, and to me involving all I am worth, and more, and for the pur-
pose of afterward going to Richmond to settle these accounts, that I de-
sired the leave of absence, which I hoped the general would have granted,
as a matter of course, on receiving and forwarding my resignation.
Officers from Major-General Hindman's headquarters, sent to Texas in
charge of horses, but whose names I do not know, are taking great pains
to inform all persons that I am a defaulter in the amount of $125,000.
This infamous slander I have a right, I hope, to meet at once. I have
written the Secretary of War, professing my readiness to account for and
pay over every dollar of public money placed in my hands, and have re-
quested that I may be immediately ordered to Richmond to settle my
My other duties were as legitimate and important as my military duties.
Great responsibility was wrongfully imposed on me when the proper offi-
cer refused to receive the Indian moneys, and resigned, leaving me to
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