the Confederate States
An ordinance for the organization and equipment of troops for immediate service was adopted; money in the treasury was appropriated, and bonds of the State
, known as ‘war bonds,’ were authorized.
Gen. James Yell
, delegate from Jefferson county
, was elected major-general of State forces, and N. Bart Pearce
and N. B. Burrow
were chosen as the two brigadiergen-erals.
Albert Pike was commissioned to visit and obtain the cooperation of the civilized tribes of Indians in the Indian Territory
, who were themselves owners of negro slaves.
A military board was created, to assist and relieve the governor and commander-in-chief in the organization of the army.
, Benjamin C. Totten
and C. C. Danley
constituted the board.
, on a journey to the Mississippi river
, on the way to Richmond
in discharge of his duty, received injuries from which he never recovered, and Samuel W. Williams
was appointed in his stead.
When the latter accepted command of a regiment, Dr. L. D. Hill
became his successor on the board.
The board, of which the governor was chairman, issued a proclamation calling for the enlistment of volunteers in the State
service, for a period of one year, and engaged energetically in providing rations and equipments.
The response was prompt.
Regiments, battalions and companies were rapidly organized and placed in camp with such arms as could be obtained, and often without arms.
From the Confederate
secretary of war authority was received for the raising of regiments for the Confederate
Hundreds of applications to him for this service were declined for want of arms.
Many leaders went to Montgomery
for authority to organize military commands, and returned without it. Some even marched their commands to the field inefficiently armed, and these importuned the war department for commissions.
and Van Manning
used extraordinary means to obtain arms