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[437] alive to the importance of this, and none more so than Captain Rowan. It is impossible, however, that horses can improve unless more and better fodder is issued; and the same thing is true as regards the mules of this battalion. The stock refuse to eat the full ration of corn, and there are a number of cases of scours. We have had no fodder at all for four days past, and the last issue of five pounds to the ration was so rotten as to be almost worthless.

John W. Johnston, Major Commanding.

Endorsement.

Headquarters Artillery, Hood's corps, April 12th, 1864.
Respectfully forwarded and attention of Brigadier-General commanding earnestly asked to within.

R. F. Beckham, Col. Artillery.

Endorsement.

head-quarter's Artillery, April 12, 1864.
My most serious attention is being given this matter. I have urged its importance to the proper authorities and have every hope that something can be accomplished.

Respectfully returned.

F. A. Shoup, Brigadier-General.

Headquarters Johnston's battalion Artillery, in the field, August 30, 1864.
Col. R. F. Beckham, Chief Artillery Army of Tennessee.
Colonel,—I would respectfully make the following statement, as it seems from what you said to Lieutenant W. A. Russell yesterday that you blamed me for not reporting to you the condition of the stock of Johnston's battalion. I did not know before that it was even proper, much less my duty to report direct to you. I have reported every day since I have been in command of the battalion to Lieutenant-Colonel Hallonquist the amount of forage received each day, and the condition of the animals. I also reported to him several times that if the battalion received no more forage for its stock, that it could not move in a few days. I at last


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