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With high considerations of regard
I am
Your Obt. Servant
(Signed.) Jno. Gill Shorter.

Executive Department,
Mongtomery, Ala. Dec 6th, 1861.

Col. Thos. J. Foster,


Your letter of 30th inst has been received asking
information in regard to a Regiment being raised by you. I am instructed
by the Governor to say to you that if a regiment or battallion or Company
is raised by you and tendered to him _ under the proclamation of
22nd Nov. - it will be received and ordered to rendezvous at Florence
and mustered into the Confederate Service at once, and ordered to Fort
Henry on the Tennessee. This will meet the views of Genls Johnston
and Pillow. Genl. Weakly the aid of Genl. Pillow has been
authorized by Genl. Johnson to muster into service the troops raised
for the Confederacy. The Governor thinks it best for you to have
your companies mustered into service and sent forward as fast as
organized without waiting for the organization of the Regiment.

The Regiment can be organized at Fort Henry when the ten
companies arrive there. This course is suggested and advised because
of the pressing demand for troops. The Governor hopes it
will be agreable to you to adopt the course and that you will
act with the utmost promptness. His Excellency desires me to
tender you this thanks for your efforts to prepare to prevent the
enemy from making further encroachments upon our territory.

Very Respectfully
(Signed) A. B. Moore,
Aid de Camp.

Executive Department,
Montgomery, Ala. Dec 7th, 1861.

Col. N. Davis,


Your letter is received and I am instructed by the
Governor to say to you that he intends the arms in possession of
the Cadets at La Grange for troops now being raised under the
Proclamation of the Governor of the 22nd Nov. to fill the
requisition of the Confederate Government. They are needed
immediately for that purpose and cannot therefore be issued to your
Battallion. The Governor would be pleased to gratify your
wishes if he had it in his power.
Very Respectfully
(Signed.) A. B. Moore
Aid de Camp.

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Another reference to Genl. Weakley. Still elusive. Found Samuel D. Weakley, b TN (1813) in 1860 census in Florence, Alabama. And a John Weakley (21) in the household of Neander H. Rice in Florence same census.