State railroad, guarding bridges.
Several more regi.
ments had been completed for the Confederate
service: The Sixtieth, Col. William H. Stiles
; Sixty-first, Col. John H. Lamar
; Sixty-second, Col. J. R. Griffin
; Sixty-third, Col. George A. Gordon
; Sixty-fourth, Col. John W. Evans
, and Sixty-fifth, Col. John S. Fain
Four cavalry regiments had already been formed, the First under Col. J. J. Morrison
; Second, Col. W. J. Lawton
; Third, Col. Martin J. Crawford
; Fourth, Col. Isaac W. Avery
; and in 1863 a second Fourth was organized under Col. Duncan L. Clinch
; the Fifth under Col. R. H. Anderson
; the Sixth under Col. John R. Hart
; the Seventh, Col. E. C. Anderson, Jr.
; the Eighth, Col. J. L. McAllister
, and the Ninth, Col. J. Taliaferro
On the 22d of June, Governor Brown
, in obedience to a requisition of the national government, issued a proclamation calling for the organization of a force of 8,000 men over the age of forty-five years, or otherwise not subject to military duty, to be mustered in for six months from August 1st, for home defense.
‘To hold in check the mighty hosts collected for our destruction by the abolition government,’ said the governor, ‘the President
is obliged to mass the provisional armies of the Confederacy
at a few important key points, and cannot, without weakening them too much, detach troops to defend the interior points against sudden incursions.
He therefore calls upon the people of the respective States who are otherwise not subject to be summoned to the field under the conscription laws to organize, and while they attend to their ordinary avocations at home, to stand ready at a moment's warning to take up arms and drive back the plundering bands of marauders from their own immediate section of country.’
The governor requested the citizens of the various counties to assemble at their courthouses on the first Tuesday of July, and organize the number required of them by counties, and he closed his proclamation with this appeal: ‘Gray-headed sires!