From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Sharkey Collection. Letter from J. S. Vaughan at Rodney, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor William L. Sharkey, asking that James Smith of the 3rd Texas Cavalry be released from jail, as he was arrested for refusing to give up his horse and pistol to United States Army Lieutenant Lahone, whom Smith apparently mistook for a robber. Attached are reports from several United States Army officers, which explain that Smith has since been released but has yet to reclaim his horse, money, and pistol.
From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Pettus Collection. Letter from T. W. Winston at Jonesville, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus asking to be exempt from military duty to help take care of local plantations.
From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Pettus Collection. Letter T. W. Winston, a former Confederate officer at Jonesville, Texas, to Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus, asking whether he is exempt from the draft under the terms of the latest conscription exemption bill. Winston states that though he is thirty-four years of age and therefore within the age range of men eligible for conscription, he, his sister, and a W. H. Winston hold ninety five enslaved persons between their three properties. He further complains that he and his relatives have no one to oversee their properties.