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1865 February 20


Letter from J.L. McDonald in Lewisville to Governor Harris Flanagin requesting exemption from military service based on his election to constable.


[Page 1] Lewisville Arkansas Feb 20th 1865
Gov. Flanagin
Dear Sir -
At the general elections on the 3rd of
October last I was elected Constable of Lagrange Towns-
hip in this (Lafayette) County, in which Township
the Cornish house is situated. - I had been for two years
previous detailed as a wagon maker, and still hold a
detail as such - I live near the Cornish house and I
wish to know from you if I am not exempt from
military service, by virtue of your certificate heretofore
issued. I have applied a number of times to the Enroll-
ing officer of this county to exempt me or to get
him to say whether I was entitled to exemption
but he will not say whether I am or not. yet he
will not consent for me to perform the duties of
my office, thought I have given bond and been
[Page 2] qualified. I am still working at my trade for
the public, and have no idea of abandoning it.
I wish to be exempt from confederate military
service, that I may [illegible] the business of my
office. when required and when not engaged
in that I will pursue my trade.
I will be greatly obliged if you will inform
me whether you consider me exempt or not.
Very Respectfully
J.L. McDonald
His Excellency H. Flanagin
Gov. of Arkansas

Physical Description

Letter, 6" x 7.75"


Civil War; Correspondence; Military service


J.L. McDonald

Geographical Area

Lewisville, Lafayette County (Ark.)




MS.000132, Item 1054

Resource Type



Kie Oldham collection, MS.000132


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, J.L. McDonald to Governor Harris Flanagin, Kie Oldham collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, J.L. McDonald to Governor Harris Flanagin