June 21, 1861
Proposition for a Cavalry Company
PROPOSE that SEVENTY-FIVE or ONE HUNDRED gentlemen of Alabama form themselves
into an irregular CAVALRY COMPANY; each man to furnish his own Horse and
Uniform; the arms to be provided by the Secretary of War if he has such as we
want. It is proposed that we choose our
own Officer from among ourselves, with the exception of our Captain, who shall
have seen service and be thoroughly competent to command us; that we march from
Mobile to the seat of war on horseback, the said march to be an unremitting
drill during each day’s travel. The
distances should be short and the time properly chosen so as to fatigue neither
horse nor rider. By this means we shall
arrive in Virginia a splendidly drilled Company, well fitted for active
service. We will then be mustered into
service, and consequently at the expense of the Government.
trip can be made at a small outlay, for the patriotic people on the route will
furnish us with forage free.
who desire to join this Company will address the undersigned, or call at this
office and subscribe to the roll.
letters from the country will be promptly answered.
papers please copy who choose.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]