From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Governor Pettus Collection. Letter from Thomas M. Sargent, president of the county board of police at Macon, Mississippi, to Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus, asking that Pettus prevent Robert B. Holman from being called out for military service. To support his request, Sargent states that Holman is a "delicate man" unable to perform military service. Sargent further states that Holman is "in control of" the enslaved persons on five plantations in the neighborhood; that he medically treats soldiers' families while most of the area's practicing physicians are away serving in the Confederate Army; and that he regularly assists in distributing supplies from the county. On the reverse, Sargent hand-copies an excerpt from a letter certifying that Holman is physically unfit for military service.