Charleston West Va
August 3rd 1864
Gov West Va
Immediately after the receipt of your letter of the 27th of July – I sent word to Capt Brooks to come up, he was here to-day – and will go to Mount Vernon Church in Putnam Country as soon as he can get ammunition – being now almost entirely without cartridges – says requisition for ammunition is in hands of Adjt Genl, Capt Brooks also wants requisition camp kettles & three [illegible] – and for fifty pair of shoes. I directed Capt Brooks to see Capt Ball and get ammunition from him until his can be sent – so that he could go to Putnam County immediately, but do not know that Capt Ball has any to spare, I wrote you in my letter of the 22nd that there were two companies of the 7th Va Cav. at Coalsmouth and that I thought Capt Brooks Company could be better spared, than Capt Balls, I can hear of no Rebels in this section except for the Guyandotte River Country – and there only in small thieving parties – a few weeks will decide whether we are to have a Rebel force in this Valley.
I would be glad if you could get the ammunition for Capt Brooks shipped first chance as there is none here of the same sized cartridges – his is 58. We have been very dry here and river is getting very low. Boats still running to Gallipolis in Government Service – others laid up.
Your Obt Servt
Geo. C. Bowyer
Transcription by Victoria Souhala, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University
Militia Box 10, Folder 3