John Norwood Letter
I do hereby certify that I opened and held an Election in the County of
Carroll Tennessee on 29th Dec 1862 for the purpose of electing a representative
to the Congress of the United States from the 9th Congressional district and
that Alvin Hawkins received Six Hundred and forth Seven votes and W.W. Freeman
received two votes. I further certify that I opened & held an Election in the
County of Carroll Tennessee on the 20th January 1863 for the purpose of electing
a Representative to the Congress of the United States from the 9th Congressional
district and that Alvin Hawkins received Three Hundred and Sixty-four votes and
W.W. Freeman received three votes.
I further certify that on the 29th Dec 1862 Brig Gen'l N.B. Forrest with his cavalry force on Confederates and Brig Gen'l J.C. Sullivan with his federal force were both within the County of Carroll To which prevented the people from assembling and exercising the elective franchise on that day. Had it not been for the presence of the two armies in our midst there would have been three fourths of a full vote polled in said County.
I further state that Gen'l S.A. Hurlburt order postponing the Election until the 20th January 1863 was by a portion of our people construed to embrace the 9th Congressional district whilst another portion believed it did not as the reason why polls were opened on that day also the reason why there was no more votes polled on that day.
Feby 2, 1863 John Norwood
Sheriff of Carroll Co. Ten
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