Raynors HCA 2018-10
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WALKER, Leroy Pope (1817-18840 was the first Confederate States Secretary of War. Letter Signed, “L.P. Walker Sec. of War”, on Confederate States of America, War Department, Montgomery March 8, 1861, 2pp., to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown VG. In part, “ Your Excellency is aware that the process of organizing the Regular Army of the Confederate States must necessarily be slow and unsatisfactory, and wholly inadequate to the present emergencies of our situation. 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 [2] 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. And to save the delays of special application and permission, it is hoped that your Excellency will publish a general order, that such companies, Battalions and Regiments, as may be organized in your state, and volunteer for service in the Provisional Army, may do so....” No Southern state was in a better position to defend its borders than Georgia. Nevertheless, Governor Brown was reluctant to cede control of Georgia forces to the Confederate government for the common defense of the Southern states. His response to Walker’s request for troops was conditional, and marked the beginning of the long and often bitter conflict between Brown and the Confederate government over its authority over Georgia troops and, more generally, states’ rights.
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The Confederate Secretary of War Writes the Governor of Georgia Asking for Georgia State Militia Troops and New Enlistees to be Transferred to the Provisional Confederate Army.

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