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11/28/1863

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J.T. Porter, Camden, Arkansas, to Governor Harris Flanagin

Porter writes that he was "forciably taken" from his home in Desha County by Captain John W. Messenger, who conscripted him into the militia. He protests his conscription and feels he should be exempt due to his position as postmaster for the town of Napoleon. Explaining that he was appointed by Jefferson Davis, Porter writes that he continued to operate the post office "twenty miles back of Napoleon" after the Mississippi River was taken by the Federals and only closed it after the fall of Little Rock. He is still in possession of the keys and is prepared to reopen the office as soon as he can. Kie Oldham collection