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Confederate States of America,

War Department

Richmond July 16th 1861


            You are hereby informed that the President has appointed you

First Lieutenant


In the Army of the Confederate States. You are requested to signify your acceptance or non-acceptance of said appointment: and should you accept you will sign before a magistrate, the oath of office herewith, and forward the same with your letter of acceptance to this Department. You will report to Genl Lee, Comndrl

By Command: S Cooper

Adj Insp[ector] Gen[eral]

1st Lieutenant Walter H Taylor

            CS Infantry



Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 8, M2009.260

Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 July 11