Raynors HCA 2017-02
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WALKER, Leroy P. (1817-1884) was the first Confederate Secretary of War who issued the orders for the firing on Fort Sumter, beginning the Civil War. He was an ineffective secretary, resigning later that year, returning to his native Alabama to practice law.Letter Signed “L.P. Walker” to Georgia Governor Joseph Brown, Montgomery, Ala., March 8, 1861. On “Confederate States of America, War Department” stationery, 2pp. In large part, I had the honor, some days since, to enclose to your Excellency a copy of an Act of the Congress providing for the transfer of the troops now in the service of your State, to the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. ... Under these circumstances, the main reliance of this Government, at this time, must be in the State forces now in service, and such volunteer organizations in the respective States, as may be desirous of  being incorporated into the Provisional Army. The President, therefore, instructs me to express the hope that Your Excellency appreciating, as, I doubt not, you do, the necessity for immediate military organization subject to the control of this Government - will tender, for the Provisional Army, the troops now in the service of your State. ... Believing that your Excellency fully appreciates the imminent necessity for prompt action, and trusting that these suggestions will receive immediate consideration.”
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