January - April 1861. Each letter 1-4 pp, in legible ink manuscript, and usually docketed. The supplicants write from Demopolis, Marion, Montgomery, Haynesville, the Exchange Hotel [Montgomery]. Very Good.
Alabama seceded on January 11, 1861. Our first letter is dated January 28, from several Demopolis citizens [Nathan B. Whitefield, Howard Henderson, David Taliaferro, and A.J. Byard] urging the appointment of Colonel George B. Haydon "for Commander of the 3d Division of Alabama Troops." A February 12 letter from Judge William M.Brooks seeks for Jno. Loomis of Coosa "the Post of Captain in the Regular Army... He was a gallant soldier in the Mexican War." The Judge adds a "P.S. It's delightful to have patronage. You enjoy it I know."
Similar letters seek appointment as officers and physicians attached to particular units. One applicant writes, "I have been looking very anxiously for a reply, but as I supposed you were other-wise engaged; and as I am quite anxious to know the result of such Application, I now trouble you for yours." February 16, 1861 - Jno. Gill Shorter [Gov. of Alabama beginning December 1861]. Other letters include: February 18, 1861 - Henry W. Marrast;
February 26, 1861 - Jarry G. Evins, R. Foster, Joseph Evans, William M. Brooks, C.H. Moore & J. W. Garod?; March 4, 1861 - Wm. H. Baptist; March 27, 1861 - J.G. Michael M.D. ; March 30, 1861 - N. Lockett on Lockett & Son law firm letterhead; April 23, 1861 - T.M. Walthall. Item #37123