Head quarters Texas Miss District.
Little Rock Arks Aug 6th 1862.
I send Capt. Jno. Pope as an agent of the
Confederate States, to procure clothing for the troops
under my command. I have, at and marching to
my camp of instruction, thirty five (35) infantry re-
giments. That number, added to the Cavalry in
the field, and the new regiments being organized
will give a maximum of, say 50,000 men to be pro-
vided with clothing. Their destitution now is
truly distressing. It would make your heart
bleed to witness it. Hundreds of them are almost
in a state of nakedness.
I can hope for but little, if
anything, in the way of clothing from East of the
Mississippi River. Arkansas has been so little
developed that she cannot clothe her own people.
I must rely upon Texas, and am confident that
you will help me as far as possible. I send
directly to you. I have heard that your Peni-
tentiary is turning out jeans in large quantity.
Will it be possible to supply me wholly, or in part,
from that source?
Capt. Pope is fully authorized
to contract, and whatever engagements he may
make will be faithfully complied with by me.