These were families of "volunteers absent in the army," who were unable to provide for themselves. The list gives the names of the volunteers, the number of family members, and the amount of money required by each family for a year. A transcript of...
In the message Lapsley gives the amount of pig and wrought iron that can be furnished by the Shelby Iron Company for the foundry at Selma. He mentions coal beds located on the property in Shelby County.
In the letter Lapsley discusses the plans of several businessmen (including himself) to purchase and upgrade the Shelby Iron Works. Before investing in the company, the men want a guarantee that the Confederate government will buy iron for at least...
In the letter Byrd discusses the possibility of establishing an armory and powder mill in Selma. He has researched the matter and presented his proposal to the Confederate government twice with no success: "The indifference of the government on the...
In the letter Craig discusses a dispute over a "negro girl claimed" by one man but in the possession of another. He asks Pettus to give his input, and he encloses a copy of a letter written by one of the men involved in the disagreement.
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