South Carolina Militia orderly book 1861
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The South Carolina Militia orderly book contains brigade-level orders issued under the command of Brig. Gen. James Simons, commander on Morris Island during the siege of Fort Sumter. The importance of the book lies only partly in documenting the build up and reduction of Sumter, but in the insight it provides into the formation of the earliest structures for organization and command in the Confederate army, and the taste it provides of the enthusiasm surrounding South Carolina's defiant entry into war.
Laid inside the cover sheet are two letters:
Charleston, 1861 June 10. Concerning formation of regiments.
Charleston, 1861 June 27. Request for a list of officers.