Hamburg, Perry County: April 7, 1862. Folded leaf, written on the first page on lined paper in ink manuscript. About Fine. Docketed on final blank, "Dr. R.D. Jackson. Hamburg. Perry Co. Ala. Ansd April 8th / 62."
Shorter was Alabama's Governor from 1861-1863. Jackson, his application evidently having been accepted, served at the Confederacy's Ringgold Hospital in Georgia. Jackson writes, "I have been engaged in the practice of medicine for ten years and can bring recommendations from Ex Gov Moore, Judge Brooks, Col (Dr.) Talbird & Bishop Anderson. My patrons are urging me not to join the army on the plea that my services are worth more to the community in which I live-- I would be glad if you can give me such a place. I can return home in time for the sickly months of the year." Item #36824