Christopher Columbus Bittick's induction was preceded by these documents:
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(Graves?) P.O. Hempstead County Ark.
Col. R. F. Danley & Gen. Thos. C. Handman. Dear Sirs. Your
petitioner Columbus Bitticks would represent that he is between
the ages of 18 & 35 & subject to Conscription & that he has two
Brothers in the Confederate Army -- That he has two aged &
decrepit parents & a widowed sister & family to provide for. (All
poor) That he is engaged in tilling the soil. --That he would have
volunteered long since had it not been for the duty that he
considered devolved upon him to provide for his aged parents --
That he dislikes to go as a Conscript & pledges himself that should
one or both of his brothers return, (one of whom has a dependent
family) that he will report himself to the enrolling officer or volunteer
if necessary. Sworn to & subscribed before me. C. C. Bittick
Witness my hand and official Seal S. C. Sander, Clerk,
Hempstead County Court, Ark. (not dated)
We the undersigned neighbors & acquaintances of
Columbus Bitticks know the above statements
to be correct & pray that his petition be
granted & be exempted from military duty.
J. P Stephens
J. R. Darcket
Thomas Ferrell I believe the within statem
D _____ ent to be correct
________ David Black
John W. Willis A. B. Williams
M. W. McGill
NOTE [by Dorothy L. Miller]: I tried to check these names against the 1870 census for Hempstead County Arkansas. I only found Thomas Burns age 53 and Thomas Ferrill, age 43 both in Redlands township. Two of the names were too faint to read.
Office of Provost Marshal
Special Order} Little Rock, June 28 1862
It is hereby ordered that the
within mentioned C. C. Bittick be exempt from
the duties of a soldier under the Conscript Law,
oweing to the helpless and dependent condition of his
two aged parents, a widowed sister and family
for whom he is providing and that he has two brothers
in the Confederate service, constituting
his case a meritorious one, and one that the
Chf. Provost Marshal feels he is authorized in so
exempting on this score of humanity--Provide
the said C. C. Bittick continue to maintain the persons (as) dependent on him.
By order of
Col. B. F. Danley
Chf. Pro. Marshal, Dist. Ark.
per D. F. Shall Maj. Asst. P. M.
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Washington, Arkansas
Copies and transcriptions courtesy of Dorothy L. Miller
Confederate States of America
Company D, Hardy's Arkansas Infantry Regiment:
Bittick, Columbus C., Pvt.
Enlisted: 10 April 1863 at Washington, Arkansas
His original unit was Company F, 24th Arkansas Infantry