War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0194 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Montgomery, March 29, 1861.

JOHN D. RIDLEY, Esq.,

Blacksburg, Va.:

SIR: I am instructed by the Secretary of War to say, in reply to your letter of the 25th instant, that no volunteer corps or troops of any kind are at present received from points without the Confederate States, and I am further instructed to say that the Secretary deeply regrets that a gentleman entertaining sentiments so patriotic as yours should be disappointed in your effort to serve the Confederate States.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. J. HOOPER,

Private Secretary.

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,

Montgomery, March 29, 1861.

JAMES H. GILMORE, Esq.,

Marion, Smyth County, Va.:

SIR: I am instructed by the Secretary of War, in reply to your letter of the 26th instant, to state that this Department is not at present desirous to purchase shot and shell. Your letter will be filled and due consideration given to your proposition if the Department should determine to make contracts hereafter.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. J. HOOPER,

Private Secretary.

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

Baton Rouge, March 30, 1861.

Hon. L. POPE WALKER,

Secretary of War, Montgomery, Ala.:

SIR: Captain Strawbridge has returned, and I have noted the contents of your reply to my letter of the-instant. Your requisition of the 9th instant was for 1,700 men-700 artillery and 1,000 infantry. The artillery has partly been mustered into the service of the Confederate States, and from your note I am induced to believe that unless the men are mustered by regiments the field officers will not be recognized. I have therefore issued an order authorizing the transfer of the companies only when the regiments shall be complete. In the meantime, in order to comply with your requisition, the enlistment continues, and I trust in a short time to present for muster a regiment of good and able-bodied men. I have been informed that authority has been granted by the Government at Montgomery to individuals in the State to enlist men, either by companies, battalions, or regiments, for the service of the Confederate States, and this without official communication having been given me as the Executive of this State. If this be so-and I understand that one or two companies from New Orleans (the Zouaves) have already been mustered under the authority given to a Mr. Coppens-I have to express my astonishment and sincere regret at the course pursued by the Government at Montgomery toward me. Your requisition on me has not been denied, and I have used, and am now using, every means to comply with it. I trust you will at once admit that if a demand for volunteers from this State is required, I,