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Letter, 23 May [18]61, of J.J. Minter, Sullivan's Island, to His Brother
Letter, 23 May [18]61, of J.J. Minter, Sullivan's Island, to his brother alludes to confusion over the issue of state troops volunteering for Confederate service in Virginia and indicates that there was little support in camp for a recruiting speech given by Gov. Francis W. Pickens. The letter also notes that Minter had joined the regimental band since its members were exempt from some hardships.

"Governor Pickens was over with us today," Minter writes, "and gave us a very patriotic speech calling on the regiment to revolunteer under the Confederacy but I donot think it will hav much affect...as their was hardly a voice lifted in cheering him as patriotic as it was." "It is not my belief," he continues, "that our regiment will go into it though they offer to take 10 companies Numbering 64 privates which is 640 men as a regiment and a part of them to be kept hear as a cost gard and if they get that many those that donot volunteer over will be home and if they donot get that many...it is thought that a part of the regiment will be sent home any way."


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