Petitioning friends and neighbors to aid the Confederate cause by providing wagons and teams of horses to help feed the families of soldiers, in an autograph manuscript addressed to the "Citizens of Lawrence County," signed by Charles Gibson, 1

6 July 1864, at Moulton, [Alabama]. Narrow folio. Two pages, approximately 225 words and additionally signed by Gibson and 12 others, each pledging a wagon and a team. In part: "I am requested by General Roddey and Col. Paterson to caul on every citizen who has a wagon & team ... to send these teams to Cherokee for a lode of corn to be delivered at some mill in said county where the indigent can apply ... it is the only way now to bred soldiers familys until the present crop comes in ... Col Paterson further states that if the citizens will not haul the corn that he will send an armed force and get the wagons ... Roddey says he cannot keep the men in camps unless there familys gets Bred ..." Brigadier General P.D. Roddey (1826-1897), a native of Moulton, commanded Confederate cavalry units in North Alabama, 1862-1865, and particpated in the Atlanta campaign and Hood's subsequent invasion of Tennessee. A poignant relic of war, showing its effects on the civilian populace. Item #53192

Price: $600.00

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