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Letter of Joseph Todd to John Ellis, December 15, 1859


Letter of Joseph Todd to John Ellis, December 15, 1859


Joseph Todd's letter to Governor Ellis continues the trend of militancy after John Brown's raid in North Carolina by requesting more commanding officers and leadership. Todd, a second sergeant, believed his militia lacked leadership necessary for the proper training needed in late 1859.


Tolbert, Noble


Joseph Todd to John Ellis, Boone, December 15, 1859, in The Papers of John W. Ellis: Volume 1, ed. Noble Tolbert (Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1964), 333.




Hammond, Andrew




Boone, Watauga County

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I wish you if it is consistent with the public service to send
me some 25 or 30 commissions for officers of the militia of the
95th Regiment of N. Carolina as I have none and but very few
officers commissioned. The times look a little squally and I would
like to have my Boys in good trim if they should be needed. I
would like to hear from you a little about the affairs of the
militia. We have very near quit mustering in this section on
account of what is called the 35 year act, it having reduced our
Regiment to about one half of its original number
Political news is very scarce I have not heard any complaint
of your administration so far.
We are all well & I hope this will find you and your family
enjoying the best of Health.


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Tolbert, Noble, Letter of Joseph Todd to John Ellis, December 15, 1859, Civil War Era NC, accessed March 18, 2018,