19 December 1863: “If there is any danger of a big raid you must make every exertion to get every thing away at once.”

Item description: Letter, dated 19 December 1863, from C. C. McPhail, commanding officer at the Confederate States Armory in Columbia, S.C., to Thomas Clayton, acting military storekeeper at the Confederate Armory in Asheville, N.C.

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Item Citation: From folder 4 of the Clayton Family Papers #4792, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Columbia, S.C.

Dec. 19th 1863.

Mr. Thos. Clayton

Mr. S. K. & [in?] Chg Armory,


Your last letter, I havnt it by me & cannot refer to date, advises me of the sending off another train of wagons.  If there is any danger of a big raid you must make every exertion to get every thing away at once, I wish that you were able to have wagons enough to bring off the whole affair.  I was under the impression that one of the Pattons wished to hire his teams.

No chairs, desks, or stairs etc. can be had here. Bring on all the office furniture als that larger press which stood in the store room. Great complaints from many sources reach me about your sale of iron etc. I believe that you have dis-charged the trust I reposed in you with fidelity & to the best of your ability.  I make it ever a point to sustain my officers as long as I find them worthy of my confidence.

When you leave I wish that you would request Capt Bailey to assume charge of the Armory Building etc. Have the guard to report to him.

Tell Mr. Kitzmiller that I wish to know when he is coming on. I don’t wish him to remain longer than there is good reason for him to do so.

I don’t know that I have any more instructions to give than you have already received.  Hurry up

Very Respectfully, etc.

C. C. McPhail Capt

Comdg Armory


C. C. McPhail

Comdg C. S. Armory

Columbia S.C.

Dec 19th 1863

Enclosing instruction about the [?] of [? ?]

etc. etc. etc. etc.


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