HDQRS. VOL. and Conscript Bureau, Army of Tenn.,
Huntsville, March 6, 1863.
The PLANTERS OF LAUDERDALE, LAWRENCE, AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES:
Your position is much endangered by the raids of the enemy's cavalry. Wherever they go they seize all the negroes they can find. Our army has 2,000 veteran soldiers driving teams. We want to hire negro teamsters to relieve these soldiers and restore them to the ranks, thus greatly strengthening the army. All the negroes you hire to the army will be thus saved to their owners, while at the same time the army is more able to defend and protect the country. I have made a like requirement of the slave owners of Maury, Giles, and Lincoln Counties, Tenn., and of Madison, Limestone, and Morgan Counties, Ala., and I now call upon you. The above counties have responded with patriotic promptitude. In meeting this want of the army and Government you are performing a patriotic duty, and advancing your own interest by preserving your property and :aiding the army to protect the homes and property of the owner. If owners shall fail or refuse to comply with this request, they need not complain of the Government if they should be robbed of their negro property. I send Captain McIver, assistant quartermaster, with contracts signed and complete to carry out this order. His official acts will be binding upon the Government. The terms of the contract, you will see, are liberal, and in everything protect your rights.
GID. J. PILLOW,
Brigadier-General, C. S. Army, and Chief of Bureau.