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    Jefferson Davis Asks for Governor Brown's Cooperation in Transporting Arms by Rail in Georgia

    Jefferson Davis Civil War-Dated Manuscript Letter Signed "Jeffer. Davis". 1½ pages, 7.75" x 9.75" lined paper, Richmond, Virginia, March 20, 1863, to Joseph E. Brown, the governor of Georgia, at Milledgeville. It reads, in full: "In reply to my telegram of the 17th inst. in reference to the seizure of the State railroad, Genl. Bragg states, that the Ordnance officer at Atlanta asserted to him that the Road refused to transport arms and ammunition, and that then he (Genl. Bragg) directed the Quartermaster's Department to use force, if necessary, to get forward these supplies, and report the facts to Col. Hadly, Supt. The supplies were forwarded, and force was not used. Such action on the part of the officers of the Confederate Government is much to be regretted; although force, as I am glad to learn, was not used in this case. Genl. Bragg has been directed in the event of similar difficulties hereafter arising, to call upon you for assistance, with the assurance that you will be always ready to further, in any proper manner, the interests of our common cause."

    This is an excellent content letter as these two gentlemen were not the best of friends. Although Brown was an ardent secessionist, instrumental in Georgia following leaving the Union in January 1861, he did not care for the policies of Jefferson Davis and even referred to him as a tyrant. Brown's opposition to the power of the central Confederate government did much to hamper the general southern war effort though he was generally popular with his constituency. His continuing resistance to all Confederate attempts to seize the Western and Atlantic Railroad related to the situation discussed in this letter. Interestingly, a few years after the war, Brown became president of the aforementioned railroad. Stains along a repair in the lower right corner, else fine with a particularly bold signature.

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