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3 country.

I have deposited the holy offering with the Treasurer of the State, and it will afford me infinite pleasure to apply it in advancement of the humane purpose for which it is designed ; and the disposition which shall be made of it shall in due time be communicated to the Grand Lodge.

I beg to return through you, to the Grand Lodge my grateful acknowledgements for the confidence expressed by the high trust confided to me, and I thank you gentlemen for the kind terms in which you have been pleased to address me.

Respectfully Yours (Signed) John Gill Shorter.

Messrs Daniel Sayre } E. M. Hastings } Committee. N. B. Cloud }

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

Maj. General Braxton Bragg,

Sir ;

Having assumed the duties and responsibilities of Governor of Alabama I embrace the earliest opportunity to convey to you the assurance of the high confidence reposed in you by the people of this State, and my sincere desire to contribute as far as may be in my power, in support of that cause, which, to us, is dearer than life itself.

I have heard and read - with infinite satisfaction - of the brilliant defense, by the troops of Alabama, and of her sister Confederate States, under your command, against one of the most terrific bombardments of ancient or modern times ; and I heartily congratulate you that you have been spared through those two eventful days - which shall forever link your name with those Honoured Heroes, whose fame shall never die.

During the past week, Genl. A. S. Johnston made a requisition on my predecessor - Hon. A. B. Moore - for twelve months' troops, to be armed and equipped by the State with Shot Guns or Rifles - as best we could - for the defense of the Vallies of the Tennessee, Mississippi and Cumberland Rivers. Genl Johnston - by his correspondence - expects the force to be raised in North Alabama ; Gov. Moore issued his proclamation accordingly ; and companies are now forming in North Alabama and we are also raising in the valley of the Tennessee a force of 500 Slaves for the purpose of aiding in the construction of Fortification at Fort Henry on that River. Several companies in South Alabama have also tendered, and seem anxious to go under this requisition and one or two have been already accepted, and, if duly organized, will be ordered to Nashville, provided, there be no need to retain them in South Alabama, of which necessity you are to determine.

My information, as to the extent of your Command, is not so full and particular as I desire, and anxious as I am to conform in all respects to your authority and to cooperate with you in every proper way, for the general defense, I beg you, frankly to communicate what you may be deem expedient, for any guidance in the Future.

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4

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,

Sir,

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,

Sir,

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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5 Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Dec. 9th, 1861

Sir, ^Maj. Genl Braxton Bragg^

Sir,

Your letter of the 8th inst. is received and I am instructed by the Governor to say to you that Captain Horton's Company disbanded before the receipt of your letter and before the Officer sent by you to muster it into service reached their place of rendezvous.

Very Respectfully Your Obt. Servant, A. B. Moore

Braxton Bragg Major General Commanding Pensacola.

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala, Dec. 10th, 1861.

Maj. Gen. Samuel Weakly, [check]

Sir,

You are hereby authorized to call upon Col. Robertson Superintendent of the La Grange Military Academy for all the public arms in his possession, to supply companies that may be without arms, who have or may tender their services under the proclamation of the Govenor of 22nd Nov. 1861. If Col. Robertson has raised or will immediately raise a company under said call, you will permit him to retain arms for his company.

Very Respectfully (Signed) John Gill Shorter. P. S. You will report the number and description of arms which you may obtain to this Department. (Signed) John Gill Shorter.

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Dec. 10th, 1861.

Col. Chas. T. Ketchum, Mobile,

Sir,

Your letter of the 6th inst. is received and the Governer instructs me to say that the drafts upon the Treasury for the payment of existing contracts, and appropriations, the payment of which is imperative on the State and very heavy - Under the circumstances the Governor does not feel authorized at present to make other contracts which must further embarrass the Treasury He therefore leaves the question open for the present.

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

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Dec. 10th, 1861 Capt. N. D. Johnson [check]

Sir,

Your letter of 9th inst. is received, and I am instructed by the Governor to say to you that troops are immediately needed for twelve months. If you will tender your company at once with not less than sixty-four privates armed with Shot-guns, Rifles, or muskets under the terms of the Governor's Proclamation of Nov. 22nd 1861, it will be accepted and ordered to

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6 Florence or Nashville. The State cannot furnish arms, nor can your Rifles be bored out in time. If you can't get Shotguns you had better take the Rifles in their present condition with bullet moulds and powder horns. This is the advice of Genl Johnson under whose requisition the call for Troops is made.

Write immediately to Mr. George Goldthwaite, Montgomery, when you will be ready to march and orders will be issued to you at once.

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

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Dec. 11th, 1861.

Mr. John A. Graham

Sir,

I have received your favour of this date tendering your resignation of the office of Auditor of the Treasury, in deference to an Act passed by the General Assembly abolishing the office, if in the opinion of the Governor the said office is no longer necessary. This Act of the General Assembly was in fact not necessary, for the office under the law which created it was subject to be discontinued by the Executive whenever in his judgment it could properly be dispensed with. I am quite sure that the variety and extent of the labors discharged by the office could not have been familiar to many in the General Assembly and that there could not have been a deliberate purpose to abolish the office ; and as in my judgment the public interest requires that the office of Auditor to the Treasury should be continued I do not feel at liberty to abolish it.

For these reasons I have deemed it proper to decline to accept your resignation, and respectfully request you to withdraw it and to continue in the discharge of the duties of Auditor of the Treasury, an office you have filled with so much efficiency.

Respectfully Yours (Signed) Jno. Gill Shorter

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 12th, 1861.

Hon. A. B. Moore

Dear Sir,

I have the honor herewith to hand you a Commission as Aid de Camp in my Military Staff, with the rank of Colonel,

This appointment is tendered you not only as a testimonial of my high personal appreciation and regard, but in order if agreable to you to secure your valuable aid at this juncture in providing for the military necessity of the State, in connection with which I desire to assign you special duties.

Hoping it may be in your power to accept this Commission, I am

With Great Respect Yours &c. (Signed) John Gill Shorter,

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7 Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 12th, 1861.

A. J. Noble [check] Mayor &c.

Dear Sir,

I wish to have the services of two reliable and trustworthy men engaged for one month as a night watch for the State Capitol, and not being so well acquainted with persons having the necessary qualifications for such service as yourself I have to request that you will be so good as to engage for me the services of two suitable men for the purpose and time above stated, and fix their compensation at such price as you may in your discretion deem reasonable and just. When engaged be so good as to order the men to report themselves at the Executive Office this evening at five o clock for duty.

Your prompt attention to this matter will greatly oblige

Very Respectfully (Signed) Jno. Gill Shorter.

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 12th, 1861.

Mr. A. J. Noble, [check] Mayor of the City,

Dear Sir,

Your note in reply to mine of today is received, for which I am obliged. Your contract for two watchman to guard the Capitol is understood and approved. The men are assigned to duty and I doubt not will prove worthy of the trust reposed in them.

Accept my thanks for your prompt attention and assistance. Respectfully yours (Signed.) John Gill Shorter.

Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 13th, 1861.

Mr. Wm A. Grant [check] Chairman of Finance Committee, Auxiliary to Ladies Aid Society. [check]

Sir;

I have the pleasure to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 11th inst. requesting an advance of funds, to be applied in payment of indigent woman for work in manufacturing clothing for our troops - the money to be distributed and disbursed through the Ladies Aid Society of this city.

No one can feel more gratified to our country-women, or honor them more highly than I do for their self-sacrifice and consideration to their country in this day of peril, and while I will most heartily aid to the extent of my means in furtherance of their patriotic labors I am constrained by my convictions of official duty to decline an advance from the State Treasury in aid of any of the Societies, not particularly provided for by legislative enactments. Were I to do so to one in the city of Montgomery. I should advance to each organization in the city laboring in the same praiseworthy cause, and if proper to advance to socieites in this City, I could not withhold like advances

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