Talladega August 19th 1864
Gov T. H. Watt
You have called for men here, you will not get many, all shirking. I give you a case, and by enquring, you will learn what I state is a fact. On yesterday I learn M Henderson Druggist of this place a man that is about 35 years old, and has never been ^in the war, applied to the board of Physians for the malitia for exemption, and they examined him carefully and pronounced him in good health and able for military duty. Mr Henderson then hires Mr Parsons to get him out and I am told that you are written to to free him from taking any part in defending his country as he is in bad health, it is not so he is a sound able man and one too that was poor - when the war commenced, but is now worth 2 hundred thousand dollars, but does not want to assist in protecting it. I had the pleasure of hearing the speech you made in Talladega after you were elected Gov of Alabama and I infered from your speech that you will compel the able bodied sons of Alabama to do their whole duty and that is why I address you on this subject if there are any more such cases I shall inform you. Yours truely Talladega.