Date Original

1861 March 06


Letter from Thomas Rector to Governor Hentry M. Rector asking for a political appointment in the new state government once secession has occurred. Thinking that the secession will pass, Rector also requests for position of Paymaster or Quartermaster for the state troops raised by Governor Rector.


[Page 1] Fort Smith, Ark.
March 6th 1861.
My Dear Sir:
This state will in all probabil
-ity, if she has not already done so, secede from
the union of states and, become a member of the
Southern Confederacy. In such an event, you
may be able to give me position as Paymaster or
Quartermaster to the forces which will be raised
by your authority, in this state. I will say that,
with the genl. Government, I have on several occ-
-asions, backed by prominent and zealous friends,
both from this and the state of Mo: been put for-
-ward for the positions in question with every seem-
-ing chance of success; it was a race in which many
ran and in which only one could win. Practical
experience in the discharge of the duties of the
respective offices, in question, render me competent
and in every way qualified for the discharge of the
duties appertaining to said offices. I will there-
-fore offer my services to the tate, and solicit your
favorable action in my behalf.
[Page 2] Be pleased to present my regards to Mrs
Rector and accept the best wishes of
your friend & relation
To, Thomas Rector
Gov. H.M. Rector
Little Rock

Physical Description

Letter, 9.75" x 7.75"


Correspondence; War; Secession; Military organizations; Civil War


Thomas Rector

Geographical Area

Fort Smith, Sebastian County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000132, Series II, Item 75

Resource Type



Kie Oldham collection, MS.000132


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Thomas Rector to Governor Henry M. Rector, Kie Oldham collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Thomas Rector to Governor Henry M. Rector