7 March 1864: “Your presence is required as a witness.”

Item Description: Letter dated 7 March 1864 regarding the court martial of an armorer, Mr. King. Thomas Clayton, who worked previously at the armory, has been called to testify at the court martial. Clayton was part of the Confederate Army and after worked as a railroad contractor in Western North Carolina.


Item Citation: Folder 5, Clayton Family Papers #04792, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

C. L. Armory Columbia, SC

March 7, 1864

Mr. Tho L. Clayton

Asheville, N.C.


A General Court martial has been convened on the 10th inst to try the case of a Mr. King Master Armorer. Who has had various charges preferred against him. Your presence is required as a witness. Your testimony, on various charges, will be very important either for or against King. You will please come over here immediately on the reception of this notification. 

Collect the true facts regarding the furniture &/c which it is alleged that King disposed of which belong-ed to the govt. 

Very Respectfully,

C. C. McPhail Cuph

Conoy Armory

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