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31 33 Executive Department. Montgomery, Ala. February 7th 1862' Mr. J. M. Linebaugh, Havannah, Greene Co. Ala. [check] My Dear Sir, I have read, with feelings of State-pride, an account of the personal heroism displayed by your son Willam H. Linebaugh, a youth of eighteen years of age, and an honored private in the Selma Independent Blues - 8th Alabama Regt, in capturing the Battleflag of the Enemy, in skirmish, at New-Market Bridge, on the 22d Decr last.

Information has reached this Department, that this flag, after it had been presented by the Capton to his Commander Col John A. Winston, was - by the Colonel - returned to him as a personal trophy, and that your son had sent it home to his beloved father. My dear Sir, I can well imagine with what satisfaction your eyes gazed upon this captured banner, once the ensign of a great and glorious Union - but now of a Despotism - hateful to Alabama, and fast exciting the contempt of the Civilized World - which had been torn-down and triumphantly borne away by your intrepid son; but, as the Executive of the State, I beg to notify you that Alabama claims this noble youth as her son, and, as the banner was captured - by him from the Enemy while in her service - and in her name - Alabama claims the Honor of being made the recipient of this memento of his worth and daring. I have, therefore, respectfully to request that you will surrender the banner to me, that it may be deposited in the State-Capitol, with an appropriate recital - illustrative of the gallant act which secured it - to be preserved with other merriments of a sacred and glorious period in the History of Alabama. With great respect, I am Your obt Sert (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Feb. 7th 1862 Hon. J. A. Hill, Jasper, Walker Co. [check] My dear Sir, I embrace the first opportunity to reply to your patriotic letter of 29th Ult. The first reports of the recent battle in Kentucky, where our troops were outnumbered and defeated, was greatly exaggerated. Our men were surprized, but all - but a few - conducted the fight with the great gallantry, and are preparing and anxious - again to encounter the Enemy - and retrieve the disaster.

God bless and preserve your brave boy! The 16th Ala. Regt is not reported to have been actually engaged in the fight, and I have no doubt your boy is safe - and ready to give a good account of himself -

The great battles of the Campaign are yet to be fought. The North are making their most gigantic efforts for our subjugation, but "the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong" As sure as there is a just God - who controls the destinies of nations as well as the affairs of men, he will bring us off - in the end, victorious over our foes

Our army - however - must be increased - and the vacancies, created by the withdrawal of 12 months troops, must be filledup, promptly, by more troops for the War. I believe our brave men will volunteer in time, but every portion of the State must furnish its proper quota of troops, and if requisitions made upon the State are not duly met, by volunteers, the additional troops must be raised by a draft upon those Regiments which have not furnished their proportion. If they volunteer, they get $50 bounty for their families, but if

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34 32 they are drafted, they will receive not a dollar for bounty. I am sorry to inform you, that, in case a draft should be ordered, the Western portion of Walker - and the whole of Winston County will be among the first included; as it notorious that they have not furnished any thing like their proportion of Volunteers. I am proud to hear that you purpose to raise a company for the War; and I hope your patriotic efforts will enable you to raise a large & spendid Company - in Walker & Winston, at an early day. Very Respectfully, Yr. Obt Sert (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Feby 7th 1862 Maj. Genl Braxton Bragg: Head Qrs Mobile, Ala. [check] Sir, I duly received your letter of the 1st Inst and for which am obliged. My regrets - at the inefficiency of the altered muskets are great. The plan adopted was one used by the old Government - as stated, in a note to this Department, by Col. Charles T. Pollard, President of our Rail-Road companies here, in whose shops the larger number of the arms was changed. A copy of his note is, herewith enclosed - to which I beg to call your attention.

I have also recd your letter of the 4th inst. containing the Report made by Capt Oladowski who tested the arms. A copy of this Report I have furnished to Col. Pollard.

Allow me to express my gratification at the important changes made - & contemplated in the organization of the army, near Mobile. It will afford me pleasure, hereafter, to communicate, through you directly, upon all matters connected with the Military defense of the Gulf-Coast. I am in hopes that the military spirit of our people may be made to contribute other available companies of Volunteers in the City of Mobile. I am pressing for two-or more Regiments there, and a battalion of artillery - if you can furnish the Guns. Very Respy - your obt Servt, (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Feby 7th 1862. Capt. John Forsyth, Mobile. [check] Sir, Your dispatch of the 5th came while I was absent in Chambers Co - mustering a Cavalry Battalion for Tennessee. I have sent - by this mail - an order to Genl D. C. Greene to issue Uniforms to your Company - on your Commutation Contract; money to be paid - from allowances to be made for future service; Very Respecfully, Your obedient Servant, (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. =

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33 35 Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Feby 3d 1862. To Hon. R. H. Stough, Mayor of Mobile. [check] Sir In view of the increasing necessity to prepare - by every means in our power - to repel any attack which may be made against the State - and its cherished sea-port city - I deem it of vast importance to encourage the organization of Volunteer Companies - and a thorough drilling of the Militia in the City of Mobile. To more-effectually secure this object, I respectfully, and earnestly, request the City authorities to appeal to all the mercantile houses - and Retail-Shops, of every kind and description, to close-up their respective establishments by three o'clock, in the afternoon of each day. Such a general suspension of in-door employments will afford time and opportunity, and also, serve - as a Daily admonition and invitation to the Citizens to cultivate and practice the arts of War. This we must all do, if we are a wise people.

I know that the ardent patriot will - cheerfully - promptly-respond to such a recommendation as is here made, while the cold-blooded, avaricious speculator - who would line his pockets by gains - wrung from the distresses of his country - will cry-out against it - and even allege some cunningly-devised- and plausible protest for his refusal. But let the appeal be made and then as the names of such, as may refuse this boon to their Country, be published to the World, so that every true Patriot may know & shun suchmonsters

Very Respectfully, Your ob't Ser't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter. = Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala. Feb 10th 1862. Bolivar Eason Esqr Talladega Ala [check] Dear Sir, I am in receipt of your letters of the 4th, 5th, & 7thinst. I will take the rifles - proposed to be manufactured by Mr Danl Wallis, at $25. [or $.25] each to be paid-for in State or Confederate Bonds. The size and bore to be the same as that of the Mississippi Rifle. The guns to be delivered within the time stated in his letter, and subject to your inspection and approval. You are authorised to contract with Mr Wallis accordingly.

Shot-guns - of Calibres - 12 - 13 - 14 - & 15 will be received also rifles - both flint and percussion, but the flint should cost less. Rifle-Barrels 15/16 of an inch, at the top, and one inch in diameter at the breech, will answer.

All public arms belong to the State - rifles, muskets &c Demand - and get them , and have them shipped to Col Pickett as rapidly as possible. [left margin] move 50 to here Very Respcty. (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter =

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36 34 Executive Department Montgomery Ala. Jany 22, 1862 Hon. Jno W. Henson Butler, Choctaw Co. [check] Dear Sir, A short[?] time since I had the pleasure to send you a commission to the vacancy of Probate Judge in Choctaw County, I hope you have qualified and entered upon the duties of your office.

I have to day, been pained, and deeply mortified at the contents of a letter received by the State Comptroller from the last Judge of Probate, by his clerk Mr Seale, It is of such a character as to demand my immediate notice, and I have enclosed a copy of it herewith, and a letter addressed by me to the Court of County Commissioners of Choctaw County, and I have to urge upon you by every consideration of public duty, to call the Court of County Commissioners together at the earliest possible day, and lay my communication before them I have retained a copy of that communication, and of this letter Very respectfully Yr obdt serv't (Signed) Jno Gill Shorter

Executive Department Montgomery Jan'y 28, 1862 To the Court of County Commissioners of Choctaw County Alabama [check] Gentlemen I take the liberty by the permission of Col W. J. Greene, the State Comptroller of Public Accounts to enclose you herewith a copy of a letter addressed to him on the 17th inst by W B. F. Seale, Clerk of the Probate Court of your County, writing for, and in behalf of Hon Joshua Morse, Judge of Probate: and I beg to say that I am not prepared to believe that the Citizens of Choctaw County will assume the attitude toward their State, and our glorious southern Confederacy, assigned them by this letter of Mr Seale, I hope and believe that Mr Seale is honestly mistaken, for I am confident that there are no people throughout the Confederate States, more loyal to the Government, and none who more dearly value their liberties, than the people of my own beloved Alabama, and I have had no reason to doubt that the people of Choctaw County are less devoted to their State, or less disposed to maintain our gallant armies in the field, in resistance to the cruel and unholy war now waged by the abolition cohorts of Abraham Lincoln, than those of any other County in Alabama, But if the statement of Mr Seale be true, then the people of Choctaw County will occupy that unenviable position, not only so, but far worse than that, for when the pen of the truthful historian shall account our sacrifices upon our countrys atlas to maintain the inheritance of freemen bequeathed to us by our fathers, and sealed with their lifes blood, that pen will write down, to be read by posterity

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35 37 with shame and contempt, that there was one county, in the proud state of Alabama, whos people, in the hottest of the campaign, and while our brave troops were shivering amid the snows of winter, and baring their brave bosoms to the guns of the enemy, ignominiously deserted their state, refused to contribute even the pitiful tax needed to carry on their State government, and quietly folded their arms for a tame and cowardly submission to their Northern Masters! Great God! Can this be so? No! Gentlemen, No! Never! There is nothing valuable, nothing great or good in this life to be achieved without toil, privation, sacrifice! Liberty has its price, that price is not only eternal vigilance, but it is treasure and blood, and life itself. And a people who do not value liberty beyond all these, do not desire to be free.

Mr Seale's idea is that no responsible man in Choctaw County will undertake the office of Tax Collector for fear of public condemnation, because the people will have to make sacrifices in order to pay their taxes, When did a people ever wish glorious liberty wonderful discovery! When were taxes ever paid without sacrifices? When did a people ever seek glorious liberty and independence without the expenditure of treasure, and the spilling of the hearts blood? And are not the people of Choctaw willing to do this.? Are they prepared to withhold their sacrifices, and calmaly look on and see the other counties in Alabama pour their gifts into the Treasury to preserve and perpetuate their birthright, and they accept the benefit? I don't believe it, and yet this letter is official, and remains upon the files of the Executive Department. For the honor of Choctaw County, for her future good name, I beg that you will ask leave to withdraw the letter, and not permit the archives of your state to be disgraced by a record which casts such a cloud of suspicion over the fair name and loyalty of your people. I have the honor to know some of them personally and well, and I am sure no truer, no nobler patriots are to be found in Alabama, or elsewhere.

The means to preserve your state organization the means to feed and clothe your intrepid soldiery; the means to provide for their helpless families, while they are far away upon the battle field, and the means of education to the rising generation of the State, and dependant upon the Taxes levied upon the property of the State, and shall the demagogue be allowed to say that he will not supply his contribution, and the people ought not to be called upon to pay now because the infernal Yankees have blockaded our ports, and we have to sacrifice a horse, or a few bags of Cotton, or some thing else at less than remunerating prices in order to pay our taxes.? No! Gentlemen, sacrifice anything, - horses, cattle, cotton bags, lands and houses, every thing of property, and life besides, if need be, to maintain the honor of our cause

For the convenience of the people, the General Assembly wisely postponed until the first day of May, the day of settlement for the Tax Collectors of the State. A large portion of the taxes have been already collected in some of the counties, and in all others, the Tax Collectors are proceeding with their duties. If the office is vacant in the

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