HDQRS. CHIEF OF ARTY., DEPT. OF THE CUMBERLAND,
Chattanooga, Tenn., January 14, 1864.
Brig. Gen. J. M. BRANNAN,
Chief of Artillery, Department of the Cumberland:
GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following written report of my inspection of a portion of the artillery in this department, between the 25th of December, 1863, and 9th of January, 1864; in addition to which I submit a regular inspection report:
Excerpt: (just the fort at Franklin)
Fort is in very good condition. The magazine is large and leaks badly, but a shed was being put over it to try to keep it dry. The ammunition did not seem to be damaged from dampness, it being frequently taken out and aired. The magazine is used for a commissary store-house as well as to keep ammunition.
The fort is armed with one 30-pounder Parrott, two rifled 24-pounders, and three 8-inch siege howitzers; another 8-inch howitzer is in a small work a few hundred yards northwest of the main work. The men are in comfortable huts inside the fort; they drill well. Military appearance, care of guns and implements, and police very good. The garrison, consisting of two companies of the Fourteenth Michigan Infantry, are also quartered inside the fort. The lieutenant-colonel commands the post.
O.R.– SERIES I–VOLUME XXXII/2 [S# 58]
UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN KENTUCKY, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, AND NORTH GEORGIA, FROM JANUARY 1, 1864, TO FEBRUARY 29, 1864.–#4