August 21, 1861
and North Carolina
Junction P. O., Hanover
Under this name it
is proposed to get up a regiment of ten companies, of 100 men each, including
officers, making 1,000 men. We are to
use citizens’ clothes, and to use such arms as we can furnish ourselves—a pair
of Colt’s pistols, a bowie knife, and a double barrel gun, with a Minnie ball
or a good rifle; to pledge ourselves to serve during the war wherever the
President may choose to place us; to serve without pay.
The main object of
this organization is to avenge the death of Gen. Robert S. Garnett
of Virginia, and Col. Charles F. Fisher of North Carolina.
Those who wish to
form such a regiment, will signify their ascent by
writing to me at the above post office, and when we have 500 men we will report
ourselves for duty, and go on increasing our number until it amounts to 1,000.
The design is, that the number shall always be kept up by new
enlistments whenever vacancies occur by death or inability, and no other cause
shall release a man from his obligation.
I will act as private, or in any capacity the regiment may direct. When our number reaches 500, we will request
the President to appoint a Colonel of his own selection, and muster us into
service at Richmond. I will advertise the time of meeting as soon
as I receive the names of five hundred men.
Each company will choose its own captain and subordinate officers.
The newspapers in Virginia and North
Carolina will doubtless publish the above without
charge, for three weeks.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]