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393 Executive Department; Montgomery, Ala. May 12th, 1863. Col. Frank Prince, commanding 18th Reg't Ala. Mil. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Sir; I am in rec't of your letter of the 8th inst. & congratulate you, & the State upon the happy termination of the late Raid into our borders, & the ready will of the people of your city & county, to meet, & repel the enemy. I should, most certainly, have approved Your ordering-out the whole of your force had the Enemy advanced upon your city. Your Military duty would, doubtless, have been, to order-out your force, & hold it in readiness, & report, in the mean-time, to your Division Commander. But, in an emergency, not admitting of delay, it would have been your duty, at once, to have met, & checked the enemy; and I should, not only, have approved, but applauded the Course. I am proud to know that your Regiment is in such a state of efficiency, as to justify you, in that reliance upon your Command.

The consolidation of regiments is a matter beyond the Executive Control, & belonging, exclusively, to the Legislature. I doubt not that in many parts of the State, it would increase the efficiency of the Militia. Very Resp'y, (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter.

Executive Department; Montgomery, Ala. May 12th, 1863. Mr A. Powell, Mobile. Sir; I embrace the earliest opportunity to reply to your letter of 8th inst. & am not at all surprized at the impatient tone in which you write. I pass-over all delinquencies charged upon the Governor of Alabama, with the simple denial that he is, officially or personally, responsible for the defaults, & improper conduct of the officers & agents of the Confederate Government. The Military Commander, at Mobile, in making a requisition of slave-laborers, stated that a force of five thousand could make Mobile impregnable in thirty days. Well-knowing that it would be impossible to distribute this heavy requisition fairly, and gather that number together, in Mobile, at an early day, I, naturally concluded that half that number could do the work in Sixty days. Yet I have supplied the Engineer Department with an average of 2600 labaorers, for 90 days, & the works are not yet finished. I was aware of the sickness among the negroes, & well knew, that the greater the numbers - together there, at any one time, the greater wd be the sickness & mortality among them, at any one time. My purpose in filling the requisition for labor, was, so to apportion it, that, as the sixty days' service expired, others would be coming-on, to take their places; but, in some instances, the Impressment agents were tardy, in sending-forward their impressments. But whether the State Agents have been in default or not, the fact is - the Slaves were turned-over to the Military authorities of Mobile, by the Governor of the State, under a law of the State, & for a period of Service of sixty days - of all of which they were duly informed. But, in defiance of the Law, & in disregard of the repeated requests of the State Executive, they have refused to discharge some of the Slaves, while improperly releasing others. This unauthorised & disrespectful course towards the State has been communicated, directly, to the Secretary of War, & he has been requested to issue a peremptory order to the Commander at Mobile, to observe the instructions of the Executive of Alabama, as to the discharge of Slave labor, furnished by the State. §. Many complaints as to the manner in which the Slaves have been fed, & their treatment in sickness, have been, before made, &, by me, communicated to the Commandants at Mobile, with an urgent request that they might be corrected. I protest against being held accountable for the omission of duty, by officers over whom I have no control. Resp'y &C. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter.

Executive Department; Montgomery, Ala. May 12, 1863. Col. P. Hamilton, A. D. C. Mobile. Sir; I, herewith hand you a copy of a letter from Mr A. Powell, one of the overseers of hands at Mobile, & any reply, which, I have to request you will cause to be delivered to him. I do not know him or the County he is from; but, I regret to say that his his complaints are too well-founded. §. The Military authorities at Mobile have, wilfully, trampled the Law of Alabama, under their feet, &, in reply to an official request, by her Executive to discharge slaves - turned over, by him to them, for the limited service provided by Law, have, insultingly notifed him, that when he sent other Slaves, those in their hands shall be discharged. The Correspondence, on file, in the Executive Office, will abundantly prove that the failure to complete the works is not attributed to any default, on part of the State authorities, but to the blunders in the estimates of the Military Department at Mobile, as to the quantity & time of Labor needed for the undertaking. §. The disrespect with which my repeated letters of request, & earnest protest have been treated, has determined me to order no more Slaves to the works in Mobile, until after the grain-crops shall have been secured; and not then, unless the proper amende is made for the past discourtesies, & a written guarantee is filed in this office, that my orders shall be obeyed, & the former abuses discontinued. Resp'y, Y'r ob't Ser't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. P. S. Please read my letter to Mr Powell.

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[written sideways, left column] J S Williams Bond

Recd in office May 9, 1863. Geo W. Coleman Clk

Recorded in Book G Page 589 May 9, 1863. Geo. W. Coleman Clk

[right column] Official Bond J. S. Williams, Judge of Probate Barbour County 1863 May 4, _______________ Filed in office of Sec. of State May 14, 1863. P. H. Brittan.

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State of Alabama Tallapoosa County Know all men by these present that one John P. Bunes, M. L. Bulger and Joseph B. McDonald are held and firmly bound unto the State of Alabama in the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars for the payment of which will and truly to be made and done [?] bind ourselves and each of our heirs. Executors, and Administrators joiruty[?] and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dated this the Twentieth day of June (1864) Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-Four. The bondition of the above obligation is such that whereas on the First day of June A.D. 1864 The said John P Bunes was appointed Register in Chanely[?] of the Fourteenth Chanely[?] District of the Southern Divis-sion of the State of Alabama, composed of the bounty of Tallapoosa by the Honorable N.[?] W. Locke[?] Chancellor of the Southern Chanely[?] Division. Now if the said John P. Bunes shall faithfully discharge the duties of the said office during the time he continues thereon, and until a successor shall be appointed; this this obligation to be said, otherwise to remain in full force.

Approved 22d June 1864 N.W. Locke[?] Chancellor So. Div.

John P. Burns, Seal M. L. Bulger Seal Joe B McDonald Seal

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Official Bond of Jno. P. Burns,

Register in Clancey Tallapoosa Co.

Filed in offices of secry of State, July 6, 1864

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The State of Alabama Tuscaloosa County December the 9th 1859 The undersigned Trustees of Township 20 Runyo 12 West in Tuscaloosa County hereby certify that on the 9 day of December AD 1859 they proceeded to sell at public outcry all the preliminary requisites of the law in reference to such sale having been complied with No S. E. 1/4 of the S. W. 1/4 at three Dollars and seventy cents per dere N. E 1/4 of the S. W. 1/4 at one Dollar and fifty cents per dere S. E 1/4 of the N. W 1/4 at Seventy Seven cents per dere N. W 1/4 of N. E 1/4 at Twelve and half cents per dere the Sixteen Section of said Township containing Two hundred deres more or less when Dennis Springer being the highest bider came the purchaser of said tracts for which he give his four several nots each for sixty four dollars and ninety five cents with eight per cent interest from date and dated the 9th day of December AD 1859. James. M. Mills Joseph. W. Mitchell Dennis. Springer (Trustees)

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Oaths of Office of Alberto Martiso [illegible] Fourth Circuit

File in Office of Secretary of State, Jan 25, 1864 T.H. Britton Sec. of State

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