Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.



Raleigh, February 11, 1862.

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have your letter of the 2d instant informing me that the quota of troops for the war for the State of North Carolina, as fixed by direction of the President, was "6 per cent. of our white population." This I suppose is, in round numbers, 38,000 men. We have now in for the war, in round numbers, 11,000 men, and for twelve months, say 23,000, leaving 4,000 to be furnished now. We will go to work with energy to raise this number, which we hope to accomplish in time to have one additional regiment ready to take the field in place of the first twelve-months' regiment to be discharged, and afterward to supply the place of each twelve-months' regiment as its time expires. I think it would be better to allow each regiment of North Carolina troops to return to Raleigh, to be mustered out of the service in this city. You say:

These troops will be mustered into service at convenient camps of instruction which you (the Governor) are respectfully requested to select, and will there be clothed, supplied, and armed at the expense of the Confederate States.

I understand from this that you will be at all the necessary and proper expense of these camps. If this is so, as the management of these camps will be under the immediate control of the adjutant-general of the State, Maj. Gen. J. G. Martin, I will send him to Richmond to arrange the details as soon as I hear from you in  reply to this. I would like the details of this matter to be arranged in writing with such officer of the C. S. Army as you may charge with the same.

I have thre honor to be, sir, very respectfully, yours,


SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.

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Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Confederacy - Letters | Tags: North Carolina , Washington
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 1862, 1880, 1901, Civil War, Clark, Henry, J. P. Benjamin, North Carolina, Raleigh (North Carolina), Richmond, The War of the Rebellion (Book), United States War Department, War Department,