Tuscaloosa, June 21st 1836
Pursuant to the request of the President of the United States,
communicated in the annexed letter from the Secretary of War, bearing
date on the 25th ultimo, it is my duty to cause to be raised, in this
State, two thousand volunteers, to be placed immediately in the service
of the United States; By the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved
23rd of May 1836---under the authority of which this requisition is made-the
volunteers will "be liable to be called upon to do military duty only in
case of Indian hostilities, or to repel invasion, whenever the President
shall judge proper." Regarding our locality, and the numerous Indian
population amoung us, no state is more deeply interested in efficiently
defending, against hostilities of either class, than this; consequently,
an appeal to the patriotism and chivalry of Alabama, can not be made in
vain. The probability of invasion is remote; and, it is confidently believed,
this will be the last occasion on which a call of this nature will be
rendered necessary, whilst any portion of the Indian tribes of the southwest
remains on this side of the Mississippi. Recent occurrences, amongst the
Creeks and Cherokees, indicate the importance of having an efficient force,
at all times, ready to take the field at a moments warning. Hence, I indulge
the sanguine hope, that my fellow citizens will evince the same laudable
patriotism, and promptitude, in responding to this call of their country,
which have distinguished them so honorably, heretofore, on all similar
To accomplish the object in view, you will, as soon as practicable,
after receiving this order, cause your command to be assembled by
Regiments, and accept such volunteer Corps, as are already organized,
and may tender their services, with their present officers, and organization.
You will at the same time, accept individual volunteers, and, when they
amount to a sufficient number, cause them to be organized into companies,
and suffer them to elect their company officers. You will accept any number
of volunteers that may tender their services; and, if the whole number
raised in the State should exceed two thousand, the preference will be
given according to priority of enrolment.
Each company will consist of one captain, one Lieutenant, one Ensign,
four sergeants, four corporals, one drummer, one fifer, or bugler, and fifty
privates. One half the number of companies may be mounted, and the other
half Infantry; and the troops, so raised, will be requested to serve twelve
months, unless sooner discharged.
Regiments will be authorized to elect their Colonels commandant, and
Battalions their Lieutenant Colonels, & Major, respectively.
When raised and organized, Major Gen. Jesup, of the United States Army,
will cause the troops to be mustered into service, and have them supplied
with the necessary camp equipage, army &c.
You will report to me, at as early a moment as practicable, the
number of volunteers, enrolled within your command, their organization, and
the names, and grades of the officers elected- that their commission may be
Your obt svt.
Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6239 folder 10