Uniontown Ala. 5 Aug.
Cds, matching "5" in octagon and "Paid" handstamps on buff cover to Marion Ala., with original 1861-dated contents to Col. Jos. S. Smith
regarding the general state of a newly formed regiment: "Will you not be surprised when I inform you that there is not a 'commissioned officer' belonging to my company? It is a company consisting chiefly of gentleman over 45 years and organized to suit ourselves...I hope sir that you understand exactly the nature of my company, being nothing but a `home guard'..."
, cover opened roughly at right, still Fine, interesting contents