February 5, 1863
Guilford: The military commander of North Carolina believing it necessary
for the defense of the State, that the companies and regiments now in the state,
should be filled up to their maximum number, has detailed an officer from each
company to visit the counties in which their respective companies were raised
to solicit men to volunteer. And the
Governor of North Carolina has also issued an appeal to the people, urging them
to volunteer for the defense of the State.
It is evident that more soldiers are needed, and rather than you should
be conscripted and assigned to companies not of your choice, the Conscript law
is now partially suspended, expressly for the purpose of allowing you to
volunteer and join any company you prefer.
We are here, by order of Maj. Gen. G. W. Smith to
receive volunteers for our Companies, and solicit all those over 18 years of
age, and able to perform military duty, to come forward and volunteer. By so doing you will receive $100.00 bounty,
and be entitled to all the privileges secured by law to volunteers. Our regiments are composed of soldiers of
good moral character, and are noted for their upright deportment and good
behavior. If you do not volunteer now,
you will positively be called for about the 1st of March, and be
assigned to such companies as the Conscript Commander may think proper.
To those who are absent from their commands without
permission a full pardon is now offered, if they will immediately return to
their companies and commanders. And we
appeal to the citizens everywhere to persuade and use their influence to induce
all absentees from the army to return immediately. All persons now at home belonging to our
companies are requested to report to us forthwith. We will be found at the Court House, except
when absent on duty.
R. C. DONNELL, Lieut.
Co. C, 45th
Regiment, N. C. T
SAMUEL HANNER, Lieut.
I, 63rd Reg. N. C. Partisan Rangers
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