Maj. J. L. Wofford, Chief of Artillery.
Major—The undersigned, having been exchanged under the recent order of Col. Ould, Comis’r of Exchange, are desirous of being transferred to the Hudson Battery, now on duty with Genl Forrest’s command.
We belong to the Appeal Battery. This Battery will never be reorganized. When the garrison of Vicksburg had surrendered, most of the men of this Battery crossed over the river, only eleven reporting at Enterprise. Capt. Scott, comdg. the Battery, transferred the most of them to other batteries, so that now there only five left. Under existing circumstances, we prefer being transferred to the Hudson Battery, and respectfully request that our choice may be approved and that we may be immediately transferred as above indicated, provided that the good of the service will not suffer thereby.
Very Respectfully, Your Obt. Svt.,
1st Sergt. J. M. SACKETT.
Sergt. J. D. MONTGOMERY.
Bugler W. H. MONTGOMERY.
NOTE: The Vicksburg parolees who returned to Arkansas reconstituted the old Appeal Battery, which was redesignated as the 5th Arkansas Field Battery.