CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT,
Richmond, October 15, 1861.
Captain CALEB HUSE and
Major EDWARD C. ANDERSON,
GENTLEMAN: This letter will be handed to you by Colonel John L. Peyton, who goes to Europe as the agent of the State of North Carolina for the purchase of arms and munitions of war for that State. You are requested to extend to Colonel Peyton any aid in your power toward the accomplishment of his mission, and to furnish him, if possible, conveyance for the articles purchased by him on board the same vessels as may be employed to bring over the articles purchased for this Government. You will, of course, however, if there be not room for both, give the preference ases.
Your obedient servant,
J. P. BENJAMIN,
Acting Secretary of War.
[OCTOBER 15, 1861. - For Harris to Davis, in relation to the requisition of A. S. Johnston for 30,000 men, &c., see Series I, VOL. IV, p. 449.]
HEADQUARTERS SOUTH CAROLINA,
October 16, 1861.
Captain J. L. BLACK:
SIR: I am instructed by His Excellency Governor Pickens to say to you that if the Secretary of War will make a requisition upon him in writing for five additional cavalry companies, to be mustered into the Confederate service "for the war," he will at once give his consent and make proclamation for the same, so that all captains of companies desiring to enter the service may be put on an equal footing in the matter.
Respectfully and truly, yours,
F. J. MOSES, Jr.,
[OCTOBER 16, 1861. - For order of Governor Harris, directing transfer of certain Tennessee troops to the Confederate service, see Series I, VOL. LII, Part II, p. 176.]
[OCTOBER 16, 1861. - For Benjamin A. S. Johnston, in relation to proclamation of latter calling for troops from Mississippi and other States, &c., see Series I. VOL. IV, p. 452.]
October 18, 1861.
Hon. J. P. BENJAMIN,
Secretary of War:
SIR: I ask to present the following report: Instructions were issued from this office some time since to the different Army medical directors to carry out to their fullest extent the regulations of the department