About the Digital Collection
Primarily letters concerning events preceding and just after the South's secession, in preparation for the coming war. Includes raising, training, and arming the state militia and the Columbus Guards. Also, letters in 1865 concerning the defeat of Union forces at Cedar Keys, Fla., and proposing the use of slaves as soldiers. Other letters deal with war-related topics, including Brown's opposition to the conscription act, Confederate finances, accusations of horse-stealing against Wheeler's cavalry and Wheeler's response, and politics.