"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.
The order dismisses Lieutenant Colonel Whitfield from service in the Confederate Army for "visiting Richmond and there by surreptitious means obtaining an order for the discharge of his Acting Colonel and his own promotion in his stead."
In the first letter Dr. Cloud reprimands Whitfield because Tuscaloosa County has not provided enough schools for its African American children: "...you have reported 44 white schools, and only 2 colored, which is not in accordance with the school...
In the letter Drisk explains that he has not been paid for his work because the county has not provided enough schools for African American children: "During four months of the past winter I taught in this city the children of freedmen having been...
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