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Lt. Colonel W. B. Johnson Resignation

Bivouacked 33rd Miss. Regt.
Near Canton, Miss. June 25th 1863

To The
Hon. Samuel S. Cooper
Adjt. & Insp. General
Richmond, Va.

The undersigned Lieut. Colonel of the 33rd Regiment of Mississippi Vols. shows that he was duly elected Lt. Col. of said Regt. on the 17th day of April 1862, and has been duly commissioned as such.

That the healthiness of the undersigned has been uniformly bad since his election to said office to such an extent as to render him unfit for military service the greater part of the time.

That he is at this time sick and unable for military duty, as will be seen by reference to Certificates of Disability and signed by W. W. Hart, Post Surgeon, at Grenada, Miss. and W. B. Wall, Surgeon 33rd Miss. Regt. and marked exhibit "A". [Severe hemorrhoids]

That the undersigned being unable to perform the duties of said office and believing that he will not be able to do duty in any reasonable time, he does hereby tender his resignation as Lt. Col. of said 33rd Regt. of Miss. Vols., and prays that the same may be accepted and the undersigned discharged from the further performance of the duties of the said office and that this resignation may be taken as unconditional and immediate.

W. B. Johnson, Lt. Col.
33rd Regt. Miss. Vols.

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