Friday, August 19, 2011

August 18 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

18, "The Latest from Nashville."
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A small force of rebel cavalry was seen on the Louisville railroad near Black Jack on the 10th, and a guerrilla was killed on that road, at Richland station, the same day.
As an evidence of returning reason on the part of the people of Middle and West Tennessee we notice that wherever our flag is planted they are calling public meetings, and are anxious to hear speaking after the fashion of the old times, when all parities fought under the same flag and professed to aim at the same object -- the advancement of the interests of the Union. A meeting of this kind was held on Saturday last, the 15th, at McMinnville, where Col. G. W. Bridges late representative in Congress, from the 2d District of Tennessee, was to address the people. We hope to see more of these meting held throughout the State.
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The Nashville and Chattanooga railroad has passed into the hands of Government Agents, appointed by Gen. Rosecrans. Jno. B. Anderson, Esq., who has been acting as Superintendent, has resigned, and Col. W. P Innes, 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, assumes control of the road as Military Superintendent. In the management of the road, he has associated with him as assistant Superintendents Major Yates and Adjutant C. F. Fuller, of the 1st Michigan.
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An important meeting of the merchants of Nashville was held on the 11th, the following report of which we find in the [Nashville Daily] Press:
According to public announcement, the merchants of this city met at the City Hall yesterday, at 4 P. M., for the purpose of making remonstrance against the proceedings of a convention to be held at Cincinnati on the 13th inst., intended to suppress the wholesale trade in this city. Mr. Henderson was elected President and Mr. Em. Northman, Secretary. After the meeting was called to order, Mr. H. Campbell addressed the assembly, urging the necessity of appointing delegates to proceed at once to Cincinnati, the seat of the convention to remonstrate against the intended injustice to the commerce of Nashville. Messrs. Walker, Campbell, Totten, Cheatham and Lyon then withdrew to make out a report to be laid before the convention in Cincinnati, which upon their re-entrance, was read to the meting. Messrs. H. Campbell, William Wallace, and K. J. Morris were appointed delegates t proceed forthwith to Cincinnati and protest against the action of the convention in regard to the trade of the city. Mr. Cameron then made a motion that the meeting adjourn until this day at 4 P. M., to take into consideration the interests of the commercial community regarding the Band currency of the State. Whereupon the meeting adjourned.
Memphis Bulletin, August 18, 1863.
18, Changes in lifestyle brought about by the war, an excerpt from the diary of Myra Adelaide Inman
....We have not servants to eat here, the first time a thing occurred since I can remember, it seems so strange we have to do our own work Susan washed & milks....Sister & Mother, cook. Aunt Adeline & Lizzie irons. [sic] Rhoda & I clean up the house....
Diary of Myra Adelaide Inman, p. 304

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