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 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." Item #37123