Appeal Battery, Mackall’s Brig.,
Near Enterprise, Miss., Jany 3d, 1864.
Maj. S. Croom, A.A. Genl.
Major—I have the honor to make application to be ordered to the Trans-Miss. Department.
My reasons for desiring this may be seen from the following statement. A majority of the [letter torn] are from Arkansas and at the surrender of Vicksburg, these men crossed the Miss. River. My Lieutenants also (Cotton & Lightfoot) are in that Dept. By a letter from Lieut. Cotton I am informed that he has been ordered to report with the men to Brig. Genl. Dockery, Comd’g Par. & Exch. Pris. from Vicksburg & Port Hudson. Lieut. C. has obtained about 25 recruits which together with those who left from this Dept. will make near sixty men altogether which he has. He was in camp at Washington, Arkansas, when he wrote.
Eight men only have reported to this camp to me and [letter torn] them five or six who are in Mississippi. I cannot recruit my Battery in this State. That it is impracticable to bring those men back across the Miss. River you are well aware.
I respy ask your earliest attention to this application as the rising of the river will soon preclude all crossing.
I have the honor to be, Major, very respy yr obt servt,
C. C. SCOTT,
Capt. Appeal Battery.