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Two boxes of clothing
linen, blankets, and feather pillows, $75; table linen and
of value. One box, large army chest, 3 feet long by 1} each way,
containing gentleman's wardrobe, several of the most
form epaulets, the box being closely packed.
britannia tea service, carving knife, fork, rasp, and
waiters .. Musquito bar rods and net, pillows and cases Stove, cooking utensils, extra waffle irons, boilers, shovel,
tongs, and smoothing irons · Thirty-three yards of muslin, at 20 cts.; 1 Marseilles spread Five yards of damask, at $2 25; 31 yards, at $1 25; 1 pair
of curtain loops, $1; 8 yards of curtain gimp, at 50 cents Five gallons of coal oil, at $1 These articles were bought in Cincinnati, and taken as far
as Indianola, Texas, when, for want of transportation,
any benefit to the owners.
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camp chairs, $3; camp stools, $2 50; water buckets, $1 Sink, bedstead, bureau, chairs, tables, wardrobe, and other
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These articles were bought in San Antonio and other places in Texas to supply deficiencies and left at Fort Cobb,
when abandoned by positive orders of the commander. Valuable library of histories, military books, Spanish, Ger
man, French, and English lexicons-in all, over 100 vol
umes ... One box of clothing Abandoned by order at quartermaster's storehouse, Fort
Arbuckle, and fell into the hands of Texas rangers. These are but the principal articles, a thousand and one things
being unmentioned, of clothing and household. Ambulance and harness, about..
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS, Special Orders No. 5.]
San Antonio, February 18, 1861. The State of Texas having demanded, through its commissioners, the delivery of its military posts and public property within the limits of this command, and the commanding general desiring to avoid even the possibility of a collision between the federal and State troops, the posts will be evacuated by their garrisons, and these will take up, as soon as the necessary preparations can be made, the line of march out of Texas, by way of the coast, marching out with their arms, (the light batteries with their guns,) clothing, camp, and garrison equipage, quartermaster's stores, subsistence, medical, hospital stores, and such means of transportation of every kind as may be necessary for an efficient and orderly movement of the troops, prepared for attack or defence against aggressions from any source.
The troops will carry with them provisions as far as the coast.
W. A. NICHOLS,
Assistant Adjutant General. A true copy.
JOHN P. SHERBURNE,
Captain 1st Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS FORT COBB, I. T., May 4, 1861. Orders No. 87.]
The troops of this command will march this evening. All company and private property will be abandoned. The knapsacks will be worn by the troops, and no one will be permitted to take more than is necessary for the road. By order of Captain Plummer.
H. CLAY WOOD,
Lieutenant and Adjutant.
They present, in the next place, the following communication from the adjutant general of the United States army:
WAR DEPARTMENT, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, June 18, 1862. SiR : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 5th instant, enclosing the memorial of Captain H. C. Wood, United States army, asking compensation for property lost by him when the military department of Texas was surrendered to the rebels, and requesting to know what has been the course pursued by the United States government in such cases heretofore, and my opinion in the matter.
In reply, I have respectfully to state that this is the first in stance on record of the traitorous surrender to rebels by a United States officer. But there is, in my opinion, a previous action of the government which would commend this case to the liberality of Congress. I will cite, as a sufficient instance, the act of July 14, 1832, (page 512, U. S. Statutes at Large, private laws, from 1789 to 1845.) This act authorizes the Second Auditor of the Treasury, and requires him, to ascertain and pay the amount of property lost by each officer and soldier in the confiagration at Fort Delaware, which occurred February 8, 1831.
The papers enclosed in your letter are herewith respectfully returned, as requested by you.
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Adjutant General. The CHAIRMAN,
Of the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives. The committee report the accompanying bill, and recommend its passage.