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Gibson, Randall Lee (1832-1892) to James Seddon

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01810 Author/Creator: Gibson, Randall Lee (1832-1892) Place Written: Tullahoma, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 March 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Confederate Colonel Gibson writes to the Confederate Secretary of War to protest being relieved of command and demoted to an inferior office. He had succeeded Brigadier General Daniel Adams after Adams was wounded at Murfreesboro and had just been reassigned to "conscript and recruiting service." He considers the action "arbitrary and unjust - as depriving me of my dearest rights as a soldier and degrading me in the eyes of my comrades in arms." Written from the Headquarters of Adams' Brigade.

People: Gibson, Randall Lee, 1832-1892.
Seddon, James A. (James Alexander), 1815-1880.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Military History, Conscription, Recruitment

Sub Era: The American Civil War