Greensboro [Alabama]: January 11, 1861. 4to sheet, folded to  pp. Written in ink, on first page only. Lined paper, old folds, Very Good.
The Letter is in the hand of Captain Kerr, its first signatory. The Greensboro Cavalry Company, from the west central Alabama town of Greensboro, had been established before the War. Its officers pleaded for increased membership after the Harper's Ferry invasion. A local newspaper published the following notice: "The recent nefarious attempt at Harper's Ferry, to get up an insurrection among the slaves, though it proved a signal failure – not one slave, it has been asserted, having joined Brown and his confederates – should prove a warning to the South to be always prepared to meet such emergencies. And the cheapest and most efficient plan for accomplishing this object is to organize efficient Volunteer Companies." [Greensboro Beacon, December 2, 1859].
Written on the day of Alabama's secession, Captain Kerr's Letter reads in full:
"The undersigned Officers have been instructed, by the Greensboro Cavalry Company, to report the Company ready for actual service-- We have also been instructed to apply for Carbines in addition to arms in our possession.
"We are also pleased to add that the Company entertain a spirit of Deadly hostility to Black Republican rule.
"Respectfully | Wm. Kerr, Capt. | Rich Randolph, 1 Lieut | Joseph Borden 2 [Lieut.]" Item #36904