Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29 - 30 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

30, "I hope he will regret taking that oath, I wish there was no blood in his vein that is in mine."

Rather warm today, remained up in my room until supper, or rather until the sun was down. I've felt quite unwell all day, o­nly ate a biscuit & drank a cup of coffee for breakfast, the first I have eaten since I came home from Mrs. Anderson's, I did not eat any dinner, didn't feel like it. William Carney was in town today, o­n his way out met Rev. Eagleton, brought him out in his buggy. I did not see them, heard that William looked as well as they ever saw him. I hope he will regret taking that oath, I wish there was no blood in his vein that is in mine. Cousin Kate McColloch & children spent the day here, but I did not see them. Sue Brady called out here this evening, & Bettie went out riding in the barouche with her. That old Yankee Frenchman came & staid until after dinner, although no o­ne paid him any attention. Maj. Ledbetter & Col. Ready got back from Nashville today, o­n two weeks parole, I am glad they have gotten back, even for so short a time. It is reported the Federals are fortifying Nashville in a hurry. I am glad to hear that as they must certainly be expecting an attack of our men. I heard that Mary Spence accompanied old Andy Johnson out to her Uncle Billy Spence's the night of the Union meeting, & remained over night and returned, as he came in the next morning. She is the Miss that says if the people of Murfressboro don't stop talking about Bill Spence he will make them suffer for it. Hurrah! for her. I forgot to mention in here about a grand parade they had o­ne day over a little secession flag they got from some private family. Pretended as if they had gotten it in a fight, & tied it [to] the mane of o­ne of their horses & dragged the flag, & strewed flowers where the flag went along. That was a contemptible act, equaled o­nly by the arrest of Mr. Winship, to make him look at their Union flag that Mrs. Matilda Spence and her niece Mary made them, just because he helped raise the Confederate flag when it was first hoisted in our town, but he would not look up, but smoked away like he didn't care a fig for all of them & their old flags.
Kate Carney Diary

April 15, 1861-July 31, 1862]



29, Federal train derailed by Confederates at La Vergne
LA VERGNE, May 30, 1863.
Guard at Mill Creek Bridge No. 3 reported a small body of rebels, about 30, crossing the railroad track early this a. m., at the point where train was captured on 10th of last month. A small party was seen yesterday by trackmen near same place. I have notified Gen. Steedman. Engine was thrown from track here last night. Have it now on. Will not delay trains much. Engine not damaged.
J. B. ANDERSON, [Railroad Superintendent.]
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 23, pt. II, p. 372.


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