rly provided with clothing, and thousands of them destitute of shoes, it was yet believed to be strong enough to detain the enemy upon the northern frontier until the approach of winter should render his advance into Virginia difficult if not impossible. * * * * * * The arduous service in which our troops had been engaged, their great privations of rest and food, and the long marches without shoes over mountain roads had greatly reduced our ranks before the action (Antietam) began.
Hagerstown, Md., September 12, 1862. His Excellency, President Davis:
A thousand pair of shoes and some clothing were obtained in Fredericktown, two hundred and fifty pair in Williamsport, and about four hundred in this city.
These were not sufficient to cover the bare feet of the army.
headquarters Department of Northern Virginia, December 2, 1862. Honorable Secretary of War:
Sir.—I have the honor to report to you that there is still a great want of shoes in the army, between 2,000 and 3,000