From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Sharkey Collection. Affidavit of N. J. Gilmer, notarized by Theophilus Harvey, justice of the peace of Lowndes County, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor William L. Sharkey, concerning cotton that N. J. Gilmer was allegedly forced to sell to the Confederate States government and Gilmer's application for amnesty. The affidavit is dated July 18, 1865. Attached are additional statements from United States Army Captain Robert S. Richland and other citizens testifying to Holmes' position as a justice and to Gilmer's allegiance to the United States. The appended statements are variously dated July 18 and July 19, 1865.