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1861 March 29


Letter and newsclipping from Colonel William M. Bruce to Governor Henry M. Rector requesting commissions for newly elected officers of the 28th Regiment, as well as fifes and drums for both the "Clark County Light Atillery" and the "Jackson Blues." The newsclipping is a brief article praising the works of the "Clark County Light Artillery."


[Page 1] Head Quarters Arkadelphia Ark.
28th Regt. A.M. March 29th 1861
To His Excellency
H.M. Rector.
Governor of State of Arkansas.
Dear, Sir
Sometime since I
Sent to your office a Certificate of an election
for Officer in the different Companies in my
Regiment & not having received the com-
missions, I have concluded that they have
probably been miscarried In mail. If the
same has arrived satisfactory please have forwarded
the commissions at Your earliest convenience
I notice in the last acts of the legislature that
each Company is entitled to 1 fife, & 1 Drum
I am therefore desirous of procuring one
for each company & 1 if they be allowed,
by the state 1 Drum, & Fife for Drum &
Fife Majors, as soon as they can be gotten, I
am prepared to give the necessary band as
required by law. We have now two volunteer
Companies in good progress & commanded
by competent Officers. The Clark County
Light Artillery by Capt. F. Roberts, &
the Jackson Blues by Capt. Shaw.
Capt. Roberts has made application to
the adjuant General for Arms & Cap
Shaw of the Infantry company,
[Page 2] is also desirous of obtaining arms,
if he should apply. I do most cheerfully
recommend that they be furnished
him and believe that both companies
will do credit to themselves, & the
Yours Respectfully
Obt. Svt.
W.M. Bruce
Col. Commandant
28th Regt.A.M.
Mr Marberry
will see
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Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 12.25" x 7.75"; Newspaper, 9.5" x 2.5"


Correspondence; Civil War; Military officers; Music


William M. Bruce

Geographical Area

Arkadelphia, Clark County (Ark.)




MS.000132, Series II, Item 88d

Resource Type



Kie Oldham collection, MS.000132


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter and newsclipping, William M. Bruce to Governor Henry M. Rector, Kie Oldham collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter and newsclipping, William M. Bruce to Governor Henry M. Rector