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Evelyn --

There are two companies you could have in mind, one organized by Capt. J. W. Brown of Butler County on July 25, 1864, and another by Capt. John C. Brown of Coffee County on Sept. 25, 1863. J. W. Brown's included exempts in addition to junior and senior reserves. John C. Brown's included only exempts, benig recruited before passage of the Law of Feb. 17, 1864, which created the reserves.

Neither company could be properly called "Scouts". You are probably thinking about John C. Brown's company, which served under orders of the Conscript Bureau. A quick review of the original roll of his company shows no one from Dale County. Thirty members came from Coffee, sixteen from Covington, six from Pike, two each from Butler and Monroe, plus one from Holmes County FL.

The "Dale County Home Guards" was not a Confederate company. It was organized for service in the Alabama Volunteer Corps, a letter being sent to Governor A. B. Moore from Daleville on Oct. 1, 1860.

Enclosed please find a True Return of the name[s] of our Company officers elected and roll of privates in accordance with requirements of Military Act of 1859 & 1860 to the best of our knowledge. Therefore we most humbly beg that you Commission our officers. Send us a blank Bond that we may assign in order to receive our Armes [sic] and other Equipments.
Please instruct us what corse [sic] to pursue that we may receive them with quickest dispatch.

Yours &c W. B. Miles, secty.

Less than a year later W. B. Mills was elected 2nd Lieut. of Co. ā€œEā€, 15th Alabama Regt. New officers were elected for this company on Aug. 24, 1861. They were Capt. John H. Spears, later 1st Lieut. of Co. G, 33rd Ala. Regt.; 1st Lieut. James E. Bush, later 3rd Cpl. of Co. G, 33rd Ala. Regt.; 2nd Lieut. Richard Byrd, later private of Co. D, 57th Ala. Regt. The Alabama Volunteer Corps was abolished by act of the Alabama legislature in November 1861.

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