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Doc. 84.-Governor Shorter's appeal to the people of Alabama. Executive Department, Montgomery, Ala., Dec. 22, 1862. In view of the anticipated effect of the conscript law upon the militia system of the State, on the twelfth day of May last, I invited the able-bodied men of Alabama, not subject to conscription, to form volunteer companies. That invitation did not receive the attention it merited. The Legislature has adopted no law for the improvement of the militia organization of ther soldiers never falter upon the battle-field. Let us hope that none will be permitted to hide under cover of home from their appropriate duty. In testimony whereof, I, John Gill Shorter, Governor of the State of Alabama, have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, this the twenty-second day of December, A. D. 1862, and of the confederate States the second year. John Gill Shorter, Governor of Alabama. By the Governor: P. H. Brittain, Secretary of State.
upon him by a military necessity. As General Forrest was in such close pursuit of Colonel Streight he did not have time to gratify the malignity of his black heart to the fullest extent. He, however, burned the Round Mountain Iron-Works, which belonged to the government and to Judge Samuel P. L. Marshall. On Friday night or Saturday a detachment of two hundred picked men were sent by Colonel Streight to Rome with orders to do their work and then return to the command. They came to Colonel Shorter's spring, one mile and a quarter from this place, where they were informed by a negro, dat Rome is plum full of soldiers an‘ dem big guns is put up on cotton bags and are pintin up all de roads. They therefore returned to their command without approaching nearer than the spring. In the mean time General Forrest overtook the main body on Sunday morning, about ten o'clock, in Alabama, two miles from the Georgia line, and twenty miles from Rome. He sent a flag of truce to Colonel Stre