CONFEDERATE ALS TO JEFFERSON DAVIS FROM TENNESSEAN MOREAU BREWER

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Dated Little Rock Arkansas, March 3, 1861. 2 pp., in ink, on unlined paper, 9.75 x 7.75”. Exhibits slight fading and soiling along w/ fold-marks, w/2 pin-point chips on center fold-line. Else VG, and entirely legible.

In this letter Moreau Brewer, a Tennessee newspaper, solicits from President Davis an officers commission in the Confederate Army, citing his earlier Mexican War service. Text:

“His Excellency/ Hon. Jeffr  Davis…….The undersigned , a native of Tennessee, begs leave to address you, for the purpose of having his name enrolled upon the list of those seeking commissions in the Army of the Southern Confederacy. His free to admit that by his nativity and in consequence of the attitude in which Tennessee stands towards your glorious cause and government, his application would not be entitled to any consideration—[At the date of this letter, March 3, 1861, Tennessee had not seceded, and would be the last Confederate State to do so, June 8th]--He therefore asks leave to say that his efforts as an editor for over ten years have been constantly devoted to the defence of the South and her noble champions.—that he has a liberal educations-has been well drilled in the duties of the soldier—having served twelve months in the Mexican war—participated in the Siege of Vera Cruz, the affair at Medellin Bridge, and the Battle of Cerro Gordo, besides other affairs of less note. His ancestors as far back as he can trace them were southerners and slave holders.

He is desirous, in any contingency, to cast his humble fortune and destiny with the Confederate States, and if granted the chances for honorable distinction as indicated, shall never be found wanting or deficient in the hour of trial or danger. He hopes soon to be able  to lay before you letters from distinguished friends and champions of the Southern Cause. Trusting that you may be pleased to consider his application, he has the honor to be/  Your Excellency’s Obt. Serv’t/ Moreau Brewer.”

Although there is no record that Jefferson Davis responded to Moreau’s request for a commission, the latter did serve as Captain of Artillery in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  In protective sleeve, Accompanied by documentation, including Moreau’s Mexican  War record.  [jp]

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