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28 26 Executive Department. Montgomery, January 18th, 1862. To Maj Gen. Thos, W. McCoy, Mobile [check] Dear Sir, The pressure of official duties has prevented an earlier acknowlegement of your letter of the 14th Inst. covering returns for the Division under your command. While in your City and since my return to the Capitol, I have addressed special orders to Brigadier Genl Thos J. Butler, of the 9th Brigade, for an immediate - and thorough organization of his Brigade, and with instructions to report directly to this Department. Having been deprived, while in your city, of the pleasure of a personal - and free interview with you, upon the subject of our Military Defense, and- from a cause unknown to me, - until I was advised by yourself, on the wharf while in the act of leaving Mobile - I deemed that the Public Interest would be - most effectually promoted - by extending my orders to the Brigadier General - with whom I had full intercourse, and to whom I was enabled - unreservedly - to communicate my views - as to the policy to be adopted, to accomplish the object I desired.

It was not in my thought to deprive you of the command of the 9th Brigade, and I had no intimation, from any quarter, that, as I had the unquestioned power to address my orders to any Commander of Military Subdivisions, under the first section of the 12th Chapter of the Military Code, that it would be, personally, disagreeable to you, I thought I might do so - in discharge of public duty - even without comment.

The active movements to perfect the organization of the 9th Brigade - made necessary by the threatening conduct of the Enemy, I, also, believed could be expedited by direct communication between Brigadier Genl Butler and this Department. The Public exigency, in my own judgement, commended the course, and I have not had occasion to change that opinion. If this view of my duty and responsiblity - does not furnish, in your estimation, a justification of my acts - I have only to express my regrets - that you should feel, in the least, offended, where offense was, by no means, intended.

Should it become necessary to order the Brigade of Genl Butler into active service - I shall, certainly, communicate through you, not intending - or desiring to supersede you in the command of any portion of your Division.

For the promptness - with which - I am advised, that you extended my orders to the 22d Brigade, accept my thanks. Very resp'y Yr ob.t Ser't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter = Executive Department. Montgomery, Jany20th, 1862 W. B. Modowell Esqr [check] McKinley, Ala. Dear Sir, I the midst of the severest pressure of public and official duties, I seize this opportunity to reply to your letter of the 8th inst. And, in reference to the action taken by by a portion of the Citizens of Marengo - to which you refer, I have only to say that I regret the public manifestation of any dis-satisfaction at what the General Assembly may have done - or omitted to do. And I also regret any growing

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27 29 disposition to embark the Legislature in new - and untried experiments, affecting the legitimate pursuits of the people. Hard-times- money pressures and individual calmities can be but slightly controlled by the interposition of questionable legislative expedients It is not the province of the Government to put money into the pockets of the People, so much as to protect it when deposited in the pockets of the Peoples by their own legitimate labor and Industry. Many of our People talk as though they expected to sustain an army of near half a million, and whip-out the Yankee Nation, and make no sacrifices of time or means. The progress of events is daily adding to our security - strength - and certainty of triumph, and all the energies of the State should be devoted to sustaining the Government, & the army in the field - to hasten - on the glorious day of our deliverance. But some people, in this hour of peril to all we hold most dear, seem to have their Horizon bounded by their own pecuniary interests; and, instead of nobly offering - up all they have - if need be - to maintain the honor of our Cause, are claiming at the Government to make them loans or advances - when every dollar the Government can raise, is needed to defend their Homes & firesides, and all our labors should be devoted, night-and day, to the accomplishment of this purpose.

The Legislature made all needful appropriations for the Public Defense, and all my energies shall be given to make them available. The "Cotton Scheme", as it was called, which failed in the House, was, in my judgement, a most unwise measure. Had it succeeded, it w,d have carried-up the indebtedness of the State to over thirteen Millions of Dollars, and the present tax-laws of the State would hardly have been sufficient to keep the State machinery in motion and pay the Interest on the Public Debt. I have not time to explain the matter, but it was most fortunate for the State, that the Scheme failed.

Our people must make sacrifices and endure privations - until we achieve our independence. If we are not prepared to do this, we do not deserve to be free. Thank God! such is the spirit of our people, that they will cheerfully peril all for the sacred cause in which we are engaged Your obt Ser't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala, Jany 24th 1862 Maj. Gen. Braxton Bragg; Pensacola. [check] Sir, I have a few hundred muskets here - now being altered from flint to percussion - a very good arm - smooth bore - with bayonets, which will will be ready for use in a week or two. My predecessor promised them to Col. Watts - for his men; and I am personally disposed to ship them to Col Watts, unless you are of opinion that the Public interest will be most subserved by shipping them to Mobile - for the use of the unarmed Troops, near that City. I have 100 boxed- and ready for shipment. The direction of these arms shall be controlled by your advice. Your obedient Servant, (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. =

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30 28 Executive Department. Montgomery, Jany24th 1862. Hon. Thos J. Hudson - Lamar, Mississippi. [check] Sir, Very pressing official duties have prevented an earlier reply to your letter of the 22d Ultimo. Your request - to appoint Delegates to the Planters' Convention, to meet at Memphis, on the 3rd Monday of February - has been complied-with by a nomination from this Department - of thirty six delegates to represent the State of Alabama, in Convention. The next mail will convey to you - the City-papers, containing the list of Delegates, and the printed Circular address, you did me the honor to enclose to me. Very respectfully, Your ob't Ser't. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. Jany25th 1862 Mr Wm Alley, Tuskegee, Ala. [check] Sir, The State of Alabama has a number of public arms - muskets, pistols, and Cavalry-Sabres-scattered through the Country, which are, now, very much needed. I am, also, desirous of buying good double-barrel Shot-guns of musket calibre - and Rifles with good stocks and locks, with barrels of an in inch or over in Diameter - Suitable for boring out to a uniform Calibre- like the Mississippi rifle. I will pay you one dollar per gun, for all public arms, muskets, and pistols which you may collect in the Counties of Macon - Russell - Chambers - and Tallapoosa; and like compensation for all the Cavalry-Sabres, with their accoutrements. I will, also, pay you the same Commission for every good doublebarrel Shot-gun - and rifle, you may purchase for the State of above-mentioned quality and description, at prices from $8. to $18. the arms to be delivered to Col. W. R. Pickett. A. Q. M. Montgomery, who will pay for them.

I hand you a commission giving you authority to collect and buy arms for the State. Your obt Sevt (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter = Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. Jany29th 1862 To His Excellency, Govr of the State of Virginia. [check] Sir, I have the honor to acknowledge the rec't of your letter of 17th Inst. communicating a copy of the Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia, approving the declaration of sentiment & purpose contained in certain joint Resolutions of the legislature of the State of Georgia, and affirming & adopting the same; together with a communication- addressed by your Excellency - to the Legislature of Virginia upon the subject, and requesting me to present the same for the consideration of the Genl Assembly of this State. Cordially approving the Joint Resolutions - and endorsing, heartily, the substance of your message to the General Assembly of Virginia, it will afford me sincere pleasure to comply with your request - to communicate them to the General Assembly of Alabama, and to ask their most favorable consideration. Very Respy Your ob't Ser't. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter -

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29 31 Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Jan. 31st 1862. To his Excellency, Isham G. Harris, Governor of Tennessee, [check] Sir/ I have the honor to acknowlege receipt of your letter of 10th Ulto. enclosing a copy of joint Resolutions - adopted by the General Assembly of Tennessee. "to take steps to open the Ports of the South to the Commerce of the World."

I regret that the Resolutions did not reach this Department, until after the General Assembly of Alabama had adjourned. If the emergency contemplated - continues I will communicate them at the next Session. Very respectfully, Your ob't Sev't. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter = Executive Department. Montgomery, Alabama, Jany31st 1862. To his Excellency, Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia. [check] Sir, I have the honor to acknowlege receipt of your letter of 30th Ulto. communicating a copy of "An act to prevent, during the existing War, monopolies, extortions, and speculations in bread-stuffs - and other articles of general use and consumption, and to make such acts criminal - and to provide penalties for the same." passed by the General Assembly of Georgia at its recent session.

I regret that this communication did not reach this Department, until the Genl Assembly of Alabama had adjounred.

Should the emergency, covered by the act of the Legislature of Georgia, continue until the re-assembly of the Legislature of Alabama, in December next, I will, with pleasure, communicate the act for their consideration. Very Resp'y, Y'r Ob't Ser't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. Jany31st 1862. [check] To his Excellency - Joseph E. Brown, Govr of Georgia. Sir; I regret my inability to reply, at an earlier period, to your letter of 14th Ulto. communicating the joint resolutions of the Genl Assembly of Geo. - approved 11th Ult. touching our Confederate relations, and pledging the resources of Geo. to a vigorous prosecution of the War - now being waged against the Confederate States, by the United States, until our independence shall have been, unconditionally, acknowleged by the United States; and solemnly affirming that the State of Georgia, will, under no circumstances, entertain any proposition- from any quarter - which may have - for its object, a restoration - or - re-construction of the late Union on any terms whatever"

I deeply regret that the Genl assembly of Alabama closed its session, a few days before the receipt of this communication of your Excellency Could the pleasure of submitting these joint-Resolutions to the Gen. Assembly of Ala. have been afforded me - I am sure that they would have been promptly adopted by that body; and I have the satisfaction to assure your Excellency that the people of this State - with one voice and heart, will maintain the high position assumed by the State of Georgia Should our final and complete triumph - upon the basis of the joint resolutions by the Genl Assembly of Geo. not have accomplished by the re-assembling of the Genl Assembly of Alabama in Decr next, I will then communicate the joint resolutions for their consideration & adoption. Very Respectfully, Yr Obt Sert (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. =

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32 30 Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. Feby. 1st 1862. Mr A. Burrows, Lessee of the Alabama Penitentiary. [check] Sir, In compliance with the provisions of "an act for the relief of Insane Convicts," approved December 9th, 1861, the Physician of the Penitentiary reported to this Department, the names of Robert H. Harrison - Robert Lee - Patrick Murphy - and others - as being insane Convicts. Under the provisions of the same Act, Drs James C. Harris, Thomas W. Mason - & M. G. Moore were appointed to examine said Convicts. They have done so - and report Robert H. Harrison - Robert Lee & Patrick Murphy insane, and fit subjects for the Hospital for Insane persons. You will, therefore, have said Convicts removed to the Hospital for Insane persons, at Tuscaloosa, Ala. See that necessary safe-guards are provided for their removal. The same compensation will be allowed for this service, as for conveying Convicts to the Penitentiary. Very Resp'y, Your obt Ser't. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. Feby 4th 1862. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond, Va. [check] Sir. I have the honor to submit that Capt. R. M. Sands of 3d Regiment Ala. Vols. claims the right to the position of Lieut. Colonel of the 24th Regiment, 12 months' Ala. Volunteers. against Col. Wm. B. Downett - who is in possession and enjoyment of the office. The question was referred to Maj Genl Bragg commanding the Department; who declined to decide it, as you will see from the official communication of the Adjutant-General of that Department, to Capt. Sands, under date of 1st inst. on the ground that the officers of all 12-months' Regiments were commissioned by the State-authorities, and that the State Executive was, therefore, to determine all questions - as to the legality of the elections of the officers of such Regiments.

If the 24th Regiment had been received upon a call, or requisition made upon the State - the reference of Genl Bragg - of the question - to the State Authorities, might have been correct; but such is not the case. The 24th is what is, usually, called an independent Regiment, received into the Confederate Service without any formal call upon the State, and thus falling within the Act of Congresss, of 11th of May, 1861 "to make further provision for the Public defense," the 3d Sect. of which, expressly provides that, "the President shall be authorized to commission all officers, entitled to Commission, of the forces received under the Act. The question, here, involving a title to a Commission of a Regiment received under the act referred-toit would seem to follow, necessarily, that the question must be determined by the Confederate - and not the State authority.

Entertaining this opinion as to the Law, I must decline deciding the question, and submit the same, through your Department, to the President. I have the honor to be, Very Respectfully, Your obedient Servant. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter.

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