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Hal G. Runnels to Governor Edward Clark, April 23, 1861

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Hal G. Runnels to Governor Ed Clark, April 1861

Glen Mary April 23rd/61

To his Excellency the Governor of Texas

Sir

At a meeting of
my neighbors to day a Military Company
was formed for the purpose of tendering
the services of our company to the Governor
Subject to his call. [S]aid company consists
of sixty men rank and file. I as the Cap-
tain of said company do in accordance
with the expressed wish of my men tender
their services to you to go wherever emer-
gency may require[,] be it to the Frontier
of Texas or any portion of the Confederate
States of America[.]

My men being nearly all country raised
Texas boys will not serve as Infantry
unless we have to leave the state[.] [I]n
that case they would have to adapt themselves
to the emergency[.] In any event they will
be infinitely of more service as horsemen
than as Infantry.

I should like to hear from you at as
early a day as possible as to the prob-
able time we will be called on and
the term of service required.

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Hal G. Runnels to Governor Edward Clark, April 23, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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