Clarke County Journal (Alabama), November 13, 1862
Executive Department, }
Montgomery, Ala., Aug 26, ’62. }
To the Soldier’s Aid Societies, and the Women of Alabama:
In consequence of the difficulty of providing our soldiers now in the field with socks for the coming fall and winter, I have to appeal to the Aid Societies, and generally to the women of Alabama, through whose patriotic labors our troops up to this time have been kept in the field. There are full fifty thousand of these troops to be provided for, and it cannot be done without your assistance. Those who are able, it is confidently hoped, will supply them gratuitously, for a large proportion of the army cannot pay for their clothing out of the allowance made by the Confederate Government, at the high prices induced by extortion and speculation.
Those who cannot afford to furnish them gratuitously, will be paid at the rate of fifty cents a pair for heavy cotton, and seventy-five cents for woolen socks.
The Aid Societies and Judges of Probate throughout the State, will act as receiving agents and will forward at the expense of the State to General Duff Green, Quartermaster, Mobile; or to Col. Wm. R. Pickett, Assistant Quartermaster, Montgomery, who will make the payment for all except gratuitous contributions.
The State cannot undertake to forward contributions to individuals, but those made to companies will be forwarded from Montgomery without cost to the donors.
John Gill Shorter.
Governor of Alabama.
Sept. 4, 1862.