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Proclamation by the Governor of Alabama
Executive Department
Montgomery, Alabama, Feb 12th 1862.

The President of the Confederate States has called upon the
Executive of the State of Alabama - to furnish twelve additional Regiments
to serve for three years - or during the War. A similar call has been
made upon the other states, in proportion to their white population.
This requisition is made necessary by the mighty power which the
Lincoln Despotism is now putting-forth for our subjugation.

The Troops will be accepted by Companies, to be afterwards
organized into Regiments. The Company + field-officers will be elected
by the men, and the Rule of promotion in the Confederate Army
will then apply. Convenient Camps will be established, where the
Troops will rendezvous. Transportation will be furnished from the
place of organization of the Companies. After their arrival in Camp, and
they are mustered into service, they will be clothed-subsisted-equipped
and armed by the Confederate States. Each Private, + non-commissioned
officer will be entitled to a Bounty of $.50.

A Company-organization must contain one Captain - one 1st
Liutenant - 2 second lieuts. - 5 Sergeants - 4 Corporals - 2 musicians; and not
less than-64-nor more than 100 Privates. Few Companies will form a Reg't

When the Muster-Roll of a company has been completed by enlistments,
and the Company has been organized by the Election of its officers, + is
tendered to this Department; for 3 years - or the War, it will be accepted and ordered into Camp.

Alabama has never yet failed to respond to any call made upon
her - for the Defense of our glorious Cause; and she will not now
that her own soil has been invaded - for a moment hesitate.

The Contest in which we are engaged, has assumed a magnitude
and ferocity, which makes this demand imperative. The recent bold
adventures of the Enemy demonstrate that his organizations -
armaments - and vales have been undervalued; and his successes will
stimulate him to attempt achievements of greater daring and importance
Besides the vast columns which press our frontier-lines, he is gathering his
armed flotillas - to harrass our Coasts - destroy our property - and desolate
our Homes. Upon the swollen-tide of the Tennessee river, he has driven his
gun-boats-even-within the borders of Alabama, whose soil has - hitherto -
been spared the pollution of his foot-print. His immense fleets are gathering
upon her Coasts, and thousands of hired soldiers are preparing for an attack
upon her only sea-port City.

Alabamians! You have been slumbering while the Enemy have been
preparing for your destruction! Arouse and rally to the Defense of your
Country! Let not a day or an hour be lost! Besides the brave men who
have-already entered the Army - there are Seventy Thousand free
men left in your State, to recruit their broken ranks and swell
thier Columns.

The great battles for your deliverance are yet to be
fought. The inalieable right of self-government, inherited from your
fathers, and all you hold dear in life, are involved in the mighty issue.
Let the call to arms ring over the State, and let the wings of the wind
bear-back the Response of Ten Thousand brave me "WE COME!
WE COME!" With an unwavering Confidence in the justice of
their Cause - + in humble reliance upon the Omnipotent arm
at their rush to the field of danger - and the triumph which
awaits them.

(Signed) [1 word illegible] Gill Shorter

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