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HdQrs 14th NC State Troops

Shooting Creek Clay Co NC

27 March 1864


          My command is at present & will be for some time acting in Clay and Cherokee Cos. I am arresting deserters & <necessary> /recusant/ conscripts <& Disloyal> & Disloyal men. I find that my operations here are seriously impaired by men running from this section into your State. Under the Law I suppose I have no right to go into Georgia for the purpose of arresting men. I am in doubt about the matter and have this morning communicated with his excellency Gov. Vance forwarding a copy of this letter. 

I respectfully request permission to go into Townes, Union & other Counties [in Georgia] after the men who escape from N.C.

          I found it necessary last night to go into Townes Co. after some men who had fled from me. Instead of catching them, I caught 5 soldiers of the 6th Ga. Cav’l’y. Some of whom had been (& can be proved) in communication with the enemy.

          I write you directly because our mail communication with Raleigh is irregular and it might be too late to effect much by communicating through the proper channels.

I am Very Respectfully

Your obt Servt

J.L. Henry[2]

Lt Col Comdg 14th Bat N.C.T.

[1] Joseph E. Brown (1821-1894) was the governor of Georgia from 1861 to 1865. New Georgia Encyclopedia.

[2] James Love Henry (1835-1884) was a slave owning lawyer in Asheville when he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in Company G, 9th Regiment N.C. State Troops (1st Regiment N.C. Cavalry) on May 16, 1861. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 14th Battalion N.C. Cavalry, which became the 69th Regiment N.C. Troops (7th Regiment N.C. Cavalry) on December 25, 1863. Manarin, comp., North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, 2:61, 560; 1860 U.S. Census.

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