Camp Douglas, Chicago Illinois
January 1, 1865
I Raford J. Groover, a private in Company A Ross' Battery, would respectfully represent that I was Conscripted into the Rebel Service in Cobb County, Georgia, on 24 October 1864 and forced to bear arms against the Goverment of the United States, against my will and consent, as I have always maintained the principles of a true and loyal Union Man. I would further represent that I deserted the Rebel Army at Rossville, Georgia, on 1 October 1864 and voluntarily surrendered myself to the 9th Michigan Cavalry to avail myself of the Amnesty Proclamation, and that I do not desire to be returned South in Exchange but would respectfully ask that permission be granted me to take the Oath of Alleiance to the United States and again enjoy the Privileges of an American Citizen. I am Sir, Very Respectfully. R.J. Groover Company A, Ross' Battery To Lieutenant Joel A. Fife the Assisant Commissary of Prisoners.
Courtsey of Barbara Cobb, excerpt taken from Elly Groovers, Groover Family Book.
" Thank You Barbara & Elly "
Raford J. Groover
Letter from Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia