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    Jefferson Davis Telegram to South Carolina Governor Milledge L. Bonham. With an accompanying response revealing the growing Southern desperation for men and supplies. One page, 7.5" x 4.5", February 24 [1863], Richmond. The telegram, not in President Davis' hand, was sent through the Southern Telegraph Companies to "Gov. M. L. Bonham" and received at Columbia, South Carolina. It reads, "Though the Proposed term is but half of the authorized by Confederate Law, the Militia if sent armed and equipped will be accepted as tendered the pressing necessity of the case calls for the greatest Dispatch. Jeffn Davis." Following the receipt of the telegram, Governor Bonham sent his frustrated response "To President Davis," one page, 8" x 9.5", February 24, 1863: "Militia not yet organized for the field. The order requiring portion to rendezvous suspended till further notice before telegram received. Arms bearing population so much exhausted that reorganization difficult and slow. If necessity not extreme it would be well not to call militia in the field. Can arm but all camp equipage and subsistence supplies turned over to Confederate States. . . . For fear of real suffering prefer to leave boys out certainly at present. M. L. Bonham. 9 O'clock P.M." Docketing on the verso reads, "Telegram to President Davis in relation to calling out Militia. . . . See his Telegram within." Bonham's letter has some insignificant stains. Both are in fine condition.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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