MAJOR GENERAL MARTIN L. SMITH - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 09/19/1862 - HFSID 265797
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MARTIN L. SMITH
The Confederate General writes to a Colonel regarding the transportation of rations and the gathering of men who are of conscript age.
Rare war-date Manuscript LS: "M.L. Smith/Brig Gen Cmdg" as Brigadier General, 1p, 4¾x8. No place, 1862 September 19. To unknown Colonel. In full: "Capt Lockett is probably at this time at your Camp with a view of giving such directions as you refer. Can you not allow your wagons to haul the provisions for the negroes, My Q[uarte]r M[aste]r is so short of transportation that I scarcely know how to send rations there, by any other means. I have directed Genl [J.A.] Wharton to send to the Yazoo bottom and gather up all the persons he finds there, and hold them subject to orders, if within the conscript age, the law declares them deserters for not going to Camp, and of an age and not able to satisfy a reliable man such as you are, you have, [illegible] must be taken to send them away this was done before the reception of your note I understand that the services of men in the secret service are to be paid for to a reasonable extent. Rations for the negroes will be sent up tomorrow by any wagons sent in." Confederate General MARTIN LUTHER SMITH (1819-1866), a graduate of West Point, was Chief Engineer of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Smith constructed the fortifications at Vicksburg and commanded forces in defense of the city. Captured and paroled, he later constructed the defenses of Mobile. Confederate General JOHN AUSTIN WHARTON (1828-1865) was the commander of a Cavalry Brigade that saw service in Tennessee. Rectangular shading on signature page touches signature and 3 lines of writing. Lightly soiled. Ink smudged at 1 word. Slightly nicked at blank left edge. Overall, fine condition.
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