AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO GOVERNOR SHORTER OF ALABAMA, REQUESTING A SUSPENSION OF MILITIA DRILLS "AT LEAST DURING THE SEASON FOR MAKING THE CROP."

Jacksonville, Ala. April 11, 1862. 4pp, bifolium, folded to 7-3/4" x 10." Written in neat ink manuscript on pale blue, lined paper. Very Good. Docketed on last page. Old folds for filing, Very Good.

The letter, indicating the hardships created by the War, is signed G.C. Ellis, who was a Jacksonville lawyer. Writing "at the suggestion of some friends," Ellis explains that "we have but few left at home any way & it seems to me, that the public good would be promoted by permitting those few to devote all their time in making something to feed the soldiers & women & children. For men to lose one day in every week out of their crop will amount to such a loss as will be seriously felt in this & other counties. I make this suggestion because I think the good of the country requires that the laboring men of the country should devote all their time & energy in producing the necessaries of life. Again my observation is that the militia drilling amounts to nothing..." Item #37747

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