The State of Alabama, Coffee County, of the Confederate States of America
He further states that he has charge of the family and farm of Griffin Crumpler, who is in the military service of the Confederate
States, that said Crumpler also has a Son in said service, that he also has a wife and
seven children, the oldest of said children about 12 or 13 years of age, and also five
negroes, two of them hands, all in the care of petitioner, and no other male person to
take care of them.
He further represents unto your Excellency that if he has to leave his home and go into the active service of his country, his own family together with Mr. Crumpler's will be bound to suffer, as there are but very few men left
in the County, and none to the care of those families, besides the soldiers' families generally who live near him would be deprived of the surplus which he is in the habit of making, and which he expects to make in future.
He further represents that he does not make this appeal to evade the service of his Country but believes that Equity, Justice and Necessity require that he should be detailed and exempted under a recent act of Congress, entitled "An Act to Exempt Certain Persons Therein Named, Wherein Necessity Requires and Equity & Justice Demand It."
He further represents that he is now and has always been since the present struggle for Independence, loyal to the Confederate Government, the laws and Constitution thereof, and as a loyal citizen he will ever pray to be.
James L. Brown, 4 day of May AD 1864