Confederate Lt. General Richard Taylor was the son of President Zachary Taylor. By 1864 he was in command of the Department of Alabama and Mississippi.
Received at Montgy Nov 22 1864
By telegraph from Mobile 22 Nov To Lt. Genl. Taylor
F P E T C X X V N – N T H A – N Y T F M V F X L – J G M G M – report attack on Mobile in contemplation – force at Pensacola now to be P Z E T H – F N Z Y K E I L – & more expected my scouts report large encampment recently set up near Fort Morgan – R K I V C O Q Q – T C K X N – O P C M – F V G P T A G N I I B U – reserves militia or other L P E R – T P D T – T J – I P N A K U Z V – my – C H T Q R E . U O I O N V T Z – now – N M N F – F N Z Y K E I L – C G R – V G I V F N – P M Z L O – is it possible to get militia from Gov Clarke of Mississippi – Will you go to O G H F X G C –
D H Maury
9?n 1840 Q B
Deserters from Farragut’s fleet report attack on Mobile in contemplation_ force at Pensacola now to be Eight thousand, and more expected_ My scouts report large encampment recently set up near Fort Morgan_ Prudence urges that reinforcements – reserves, militia or other sent here if possible_ My effective total now four thousand and eighty eight_ Is it possible to get militia from Gov Clarke of Mississippi? Will you go to Georgia?
(sgn) D H Maury
Maj Genl _
Mobile, Nov 22, 64_
To Lt. Genl R Taylor
Citation: Dabney Herndon Maury (1822-1900), telegram to Richard Taylor. Mobile, Ala.; 22 November 1864. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16