9 November 1863: “…it was decided that the men vote to decide who should remain with them.”

Item description: Entry, dated 9 November 1863, from the D. Coleman Diary.  In this entry, Confederate Captain D. Coleman describes how a surplus of officers in the Army of Tennessee results in him losing his command to a Captain Steger.

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Item citation: From the D. Coleman Diary #3317-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Monday, Nov. 9th.  Capt Steger & myself sent for by Genl Lowrey to consult with in regard to consolidating our two companies into one and reducing the number of officers – We gave our consent & it was decided that the men vote to decide who should remain with them – Capt Steger was selected getting 35 votes & I was thrown out getting but 6 votes – My men considering the race so unusual on account of Capt Stegers having a so much larger company did not vote – Lt Vasser also thrown out by small vote – Do not know where I will be assigned but trust that it will all be right – Write to Col Moore to see if I might be assigned to his Dept –

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