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In Mississippi, Governor Pettus provides two regiments of infantry to the new Confederate Army

John Jones Pettus, detail
03/22/1861
Governor John J. Pettus of Mississippi, honoring the request of President Davis of the Confederacy, issued a proclamation requesting that the state militia provide fifteen hundred infantrymen to serve the new Confederate Army.  This was a simple undertaking since at the start of the crisis up to eighty militia companies had been accepted for state service and were under arms.  The governor had difficulties, in fact, finding the militia duties and suffered severe criticism from his Military Board.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 19. 
Robert W. Dubay, "Mississippi," in Wilfred Buck Yearns, ed., The Confederate Governors (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1985), 115

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