HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT O
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF FLORIDA,
Tallahassee, April 28, 1865.
SIR: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that you are authorized to proceed at once to raise a company of "negroes" to be mustered into the service of the Confederate States for the war, subject to the provisions of the law and the orders of the Government. The appointment of the field officers will be left subject to the provisions of the law and orders of the Government.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JAMES L. FRASER,
(To O. S. Jones, E. H. Bryan, M. Yong, J. J. Jilks, B. F. Davis, G. W. Kenedy, W. S. Dupont, S. Parkhill, J. Linton, and H. A. Ramsay, through Col. P. Turney, Lake City, Fla.)
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.