May 12, 1862
12, Working on the construction of Fortress Rosecrans; an entry from the Diary of Lyman S. Widney
It does not appear to us that we are helping much to put down the Rebellion. Here we are digging away in one spot apparently with the purpose of remaining here in security until the end of the war as though we expected the Confederates to come to us voluntarily and surrender. We have the idea that it will be necessary for us to go out and bring them in by force of arms and we also believe that the Confederates will wait for us to come out of these works before they will venture to attack us. This war business is becoming entirely too deliberate for us.
Diary of Lyman S. Widney
12, Special Orders No. 26, a detective census ordered by Federal authorities in Memphis
Headquarters, District of West Tennessee
Memphis, Tenn., May 12, 1864
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I. All persons employed as detectives within the city of Memphis, will report their names at once at these headquarters in writing stating when and by whom employed, and by what authority. Any person falsely assuming to act as a detective, or representing himself as employed by the military authorities when he is not will be severely punished.
By order of Maj. Gen. C. C. Washburn
Memphis Bulletin, May 20, 1864.