In the first letter, written January 5, 1831, Moore explains that he will soon reply to a letter written by John Coffee, which Gayle had delivered. In the second letter, written January 9, 1831, Moore gives Gayle permission to read his reply to...
In the letter Gayle discusses former Governor Moore's response to Coffee's recent correspondence; Moore denies Coffee's account of a conversation regarding the conflict between him and Colonel John McKinley. Gayle feels that his "retraction is a...
"Mrs. Sarah Gayle" is almost certainly Sarah Ann Haynsworth Gayle, first wife of Governor John Gayle. She is describing events that took place several years previous. The Maria and Levein mentioned in the account are the sister and brother of John...
In the letter Gayle describes the allegations of the white citizens, including the murder of a circuit court clerk in Russell County. The newly appointed agents are to begin their work by meeting with the Indian chiefs: "In your interview with...
In the letter King sends news of family and friends, and he discusses the unsuccessful attempts of the "fire eaters," who encouraged the secession of the Southern states: "I have as yet been no where & consequently know nothing of the movements of...
"The War has Commenced! Batteries Opened on Fort Sumter!! Gen. Beauregard has Opened the Ball!!!" Also included is the text of a telegram sent to Colonel G. W. Gayle by J. F. Whitfield in Montgomery, Alabama, informing him of the event.
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