Historic Resource Study
Fort Union, N.M., June 16, 1868
Acting Assistant Adjutant General
Headquarters District of New Mexico
I have the honor to report that the Depot of Clothing & Equipage at Fort Union, under charge of Capt. Hamilton Lieber, M.S.K. U.S.A. [Military Storekeeper United States Army] was inspected by me on the 1st inst., and the books & papers of the office, the Storehouse & Stores, the general condition of the property, the amount on hand, and the care taken of it, examined into as closely as circumstances would admit.
Capt. Lieber entered upon the duties of this place on 16th of July 1867. He employes three citizens; one clerk, one packer, and one laborer, and five enlisted men, upon extra-duty. The latter are paid by the Dept. Qr. Mr., who is furnished with a copy of the Rolls for that purpose.
The Storeroom is one of the warehouses of the Depot, having two rooms; fitted and arranged as the other buildings of the sort at the Depot. The office is in the same house with the Commissary Office, and has also two rooms; of which the front one alone appears to be used as an office. It is furnished with desks, safe, &c.
The principal books were found as follows:
Book of transportation of all Articles:
Invoice Book: Copies of Invoices:
Packers Book: being lists of Stores sent:
A small Endorsement Book: received & sent:
Letter Received Book: alphabetically arranged
Property Book; in form of a separate Dt. & Cr. Account of each article with the M.S.K.
Letter Book: press copies; from which it would appear that all required papers had been forwarded, including the Returns &c. for April.
Cash Book: Cash accruing from Sales of clothing. All monies are sent to Santa Fe for deposit, or rather transferred to the Chief Qr. Master; and no funds were on hand. Beside clothing sold to officers, it appears that, by authority, it is also sold to Qr. Master employees; such sales being at present limited to the single article of bedsacks. All Invoices are made in quadruplicate; one sent direct to Washington, and one to Dist. Hd. Qrs.
By letter of the Auditor it was shown that Capt. Lieber's papers have been settled to include February 1868, with the single error, many months back, of dropping 4 blank-books, which was afterwards taken up & accounted for.
The Returns, with vouchers for March & April were examined & found correct. Also those for May, which were completed, but not then forwarded. . . . All books & papers found to be well & neatly kept. Files of orders were on hand, generally complete, but none from District Hd. Qrs. for this year. . . .
Statement of Clothing, Camp & Garrison Equipage, at Fort Union Depot, on hand June 1st, 1867
|Hats||5,260||Caps, Forage||3,018||59 condemned|
|Cap, Covers||13,857||2,597 condemned||Caps, Art. Unif||100|
|Caps Art. Ornaments||120||Hat Ornaments||Large quantity|
|Letters & Numbers||Large quant.||Coats, Uniform, Inf||6,496|
|Coats, Mus||11||Coats., Uniform, Ord||65|
|Jackets, Cav. Pvt & Mus.||7,931||& 293 Rifle pattern||Jackets, St. Art. Pvt & Mus.||337|
|Sashes||88||Lacing Cord||4,488 yards.|
|Trousers, Cav.||5,055||278 condemned||Trousers, Inf||9,75||408 condemned|
|Drawers||12,231||804 condemned||Shirts||17,568||674 condemned|
|Boots, Cav.||1,612||Bootees, Inf||24,715|
|Stockings||2,527 pairs||2 condemned||Leather, Stocks||8,398|
|Great Coats, Cav.||2,275||203 condemned||Great Coats, Inf||4,020||315 condemned|
|Great Coat Straps||1,037||Flannel Sack Coats, lined||1596|
|Poncho, rubber||1,990||Blankets, wool||5,619|
|Blankets, rubber||1,889||Knapsacks & Straps||3,774|
|Canteens||4,697||Stable Frocks||2,313||39 condemned|
|Buttons||100 gross||Buckles||95 gross|
|Thread||Large quantity on hand||Lace||Large quantity on hand|
|Bedsacks, single||4,823||2 condemned||Axe Slings||75|
|Hatchets, Camp||921||Hatchet, handles||2,106|
|Camp Kettles||549||6 condemned||Mess Pans||1,503||9 condemned|
|Flags, Garrison||16||Iron Pots||40|
|Flags, Storm||9||Trumpets||not counted|
|Flag, Halliards||94||Bugles||not counted|
|Flags, Recruiting||29||Cords & Tassels||not counted|
|Guidons||12||Wall Tents||153||2 condemned|
|Camp Colours||9||Wall Tent Flies||179||2 condemned|
|Fifes||57||Wall Tent Poles||125|
|Drums||47||Common Tents||1,714||& Poles for them|
|Drum cases||57||Hospital Tents||63|
|Drum heads||not counted||Hospital Tent Flies||66|
|Drum Sticks||not counted||Shelter Tents||7,059||& Poles|
|Drum Cords||not counted||Sibley Tents||5||2 condemned|
|Sacks||63||Sibley Tent tripods||23|
|Pick Axes||932||Sibley Tent Stoves||91||1 condemned|
|Pick Axe handles||1,748||Sibley Tent Stovepipe||310||1 condemned|
|Tent Pins||32,988||Tent Cords||8,490|
|Blank Record Books||not counted|
It is believed that Capt. Lieber has on hand all property for which he is accountable. . . . Stores were generally in very good order, and well cared for. Much of the clothing here has been on hand a long time, and is much infected by the moth. If it could all be taken out & carefully brushed great damage would be prevented. Storerooms were crowded with boxes & bales nearly to the vigas; dry, well, ventilated, and walls unplastered. Buckets of water & axes are distributed throughout. Tablets are hung upon pillars intended to define the kind & quantity of articles opposite them; but are not always filled out. In addition to the warehouse there is an issue room in an adjoining building, arranged with shelves & bins, and freshly painted. Here was displayed nearly every article of Clothing & Equipage, neatly folded and placed, boxes marked &c. and the whole in admirable order. Camphor is used freely in the bins; and sometimes in the boxes, in the warehouse. Cap Covers, Knapsacks, haversacks, & ponchos, are kept in a small frame shed adjoining the wareroom; and tent poles are stacked in the yard, and apparently suffering slightly from weather. Capt. Lieber seems well fitted for his position, and a careful & correct Officer.
1. Evans to AAAG DNM, June 16, 1868, LR, OIG, RG 159, NA. The Clothing & Equipage Depot was part of the Quartermaster Depot, under charge of a military storekeeper. The table included has been edited.
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