From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Pettus Collection. Letter from Confederate Navy Lieutenant John M. Brooks at Richmond, Virginia, to Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory, providing a favorable assessment of plans by William R. Scott for a steam-powered naval ram and suggesting that the engine be incorporated into the Navy's designs. The letter includes a statement from William P. Williamson, Chief Engineer of the Confederate Navy, concurring with Lieutenant Brooks' assessment. (This document is the enclosed Confederate Navy Department report mentioned in mdah_409-397-03. This document is one of five documents in Series 409 that discuss William R. Scott's proposed plans for a steam-powered vessel. The other four documents are mdah_409-397-02, mdah_409-397-03, mdah_409-397-04, and mdah_409-397-05).
From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Pettus Collection. Petition from citizens of Crawfordville, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus, asking that Richard Wilkins be discharged from the militia, as he has six sons in Confederate service.