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Child of the Rebellion: West Virginia Sesquicentennial
Civil War Union Militia Correspondence


Coalsmouth
Kanawha Co
West Va

Gov AI Boreman
Dear sir I Dispached [sic] to you on the 13 and have had nothing from you. My men cannot Stay at home after volunteering in the Co. I obtained Rations for this month. We kneed [sic] Clothing and have no place to quarter I have stoped [sic] Recruiting untill [sic] I can obtain these . If My men are in the States Siurse and have drawn clothing & can I by you Secure for them Exemption from the Draft, in March.

I would now have some prisoners But have no place to keep them. They would be subject the Law as Robers [sic] Thieves etc. but we have no justice to act. It is said by the officers at Charleston, that the justiceses [sic] Elect. Must. give bond in $5000.00 and they will not qualify. if this is the Law we are without a bounty Court .

Thieves are skulking around us and we cannot arrest them because we cannot guard and feed them and have and have not the officers to prosicute [sic] them. nor can I now have a man sworn in to the Co for want of an officer.

I wish to be doing something and want to do right, and having no phasition [sic] I must as fare [sic] as I can take care of my men and preserve theyer [sic] helth. [sic] I wish to secure comefertable [sic] quarters and do not wish to disturb any one more than is right. A small Store Room, belonging to a vile Rebel and in which there is a Rebel-School now being taught, or one of the Taverns owned and occupyed [sic] by VileRebels is all the Rooms that we could obtain. We stop now with private familys [sic] and will untill [sic] we have Room Blankets and over coats.

I will send my Rolls as I cannot git [sic] any more men Sworn untill [sic] some change is made.

I have the honor to be as ever youre most obedient
Servant R Brooks

Jan 22 1864

Transcription by Jack Stephenson, undergraduate student enrolled in Dr. Billy Joe Peyton’s Fall 2010 “Introduction to Public History” at West Virginia State University


Militia Box 10, Folder 24

West Virginia Archives and History