Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 13 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

     13-14, March to Grand Junction and occupation of La Grange


La Fayette Station, June 23, 1862.

Col. J. C. KELTON, Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Corinth, Miss.:

SIR: The matters herein referred to, being special in their nature, I think should be addressed to you without going through the headquarters of Gen. Grant, now in motion for Memphis. The general and staff passed my camp this morning and will reach Memphis this evening.

On the 9th instant I received...instructions by telegraph to move...on Grand Junction, thence to detach strong working parties forward to repair the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, to use great care in securing my working parties, and to assure the inhabitants of all proper protection, &c....

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Repairing roads as we marched, we reached Grand Junction after night of the 13th. But there was no water there for troops, and o­n the morning of the 14th I occupied the town of La Grange, 3 miles west of Grand Junction....There were two pieces of destroyed trestle-work in the town of La Grange which I caused to be repaired as rapidly as possible....

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I am, with great respect, your obedient servant,

W.T. Sherman, Maj. Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 17, pt. II, pp. 27-28.
Grand Junction, Tennessee

Seminary at LaGrange


13, Conditions from Strawberry Plains to Bristol; a request from East Tennessee for protection from Confederate guerrillas

Knoxville Ten 13th June 1864.
Gov. A. Johnson
Dr Sir,
At the request of very many of our up Countrymen I write to ask you to send us o­ne Regt. of East Ten: [sic] troops.
We understand that you control 2 or 3 Brigades in & around Nashville, hence this request.
The Country from Strawberry Plains to Bristol, is given over to the Rebels, & they control it with a small scouting force of 50. [sic] to 100-- Our Union Citizens who remain at home, many of them are not o­nly robed [sic]; but Shot down o­n their own door-cills [sic] in the presence of their families-- The Country is being desolated & depopulated & not o­ne fourth of a crop being raised for the next year--
Our harvest will be o­n hand in 15 or 20 days, and unless the up Country is protected, we cant [sic] possibly save our harvest, which upon average is not more than half a crop--
One Regt, at Bulls [sic] Gap of 6 or 800. E. Ten: [sic] troops Can be fed there by the R.R. & Can scout & protect the whole of Upper E. Ten to Bristol-- I entreat you, to at o­nce attend to this request if it be in you power to do so -- These people in a great measure, look to you for releif [sic] & will be greatly disappointed, if they fail to get it--
I am pleased with the Presidential Ticket, (and without intending to flatter) would have been better pleased with you at the head of the ticket--- Please let me hear from you o­n recpt [sic] of this--Say what you can do for us--
How long, before will a chance at reorganization? Let it come as soon as possible, but, not however 'till the country is cleared of Rebels above this[.]
Very truly Yr freind [sic], 
A. A. Kyle
Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 6, p. 735.

13, President Andrew Johnson declares the rebellion over in Tennessee

Whereas, it has been the desire of the Gen. Government of the United States to restore unrestricted commercial intercourse between and in the several States, as soon as the same could be safely done in view of resistance to the authority of the United States by combinations of armed insurgents:
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And I hereby also proclaim and declare that the insurrection, so far it relates to and within the State of Tennessee, and the inhabitants of the said State of Tennessee as recognized and constituted under their recently adopted constitution and reorganization, and accepted by them, is suppressed; and therefore, also, that all the disabilities and disqualifications attaching to said State and the inhabitants thereof consequent upon any proclamations issued by virtue of the fifth section of the act entitled "An act further to provide for the collection of duties o­n imports, and for other purposes," approved the thirteenth day of July, o­ne thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, are removed.
But nothing herein contained shall be considered or construed as in any wise changing or impairing any of the penalties and forfeitures for treason heretofore incurred under the laws of the United States, or any of the provisions, restrictions, or disabilities set forth in my proclamation bearing date the twenty-ninth day of May, o­ne thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, or as impairing existing regulations for the suspension of the habeas corpus, and the exercise of military law in cases where it shall be necessary for the general public safety and welfare during the existing insurrection; nor shall his proclamation affect, or in any way impair, any laws heretofore passed by Congress, and duly approved by the President, or any proclamations or orders issued by him during the aforesaid insurrection, abolishing slavery, or in any way affecting the relations of slavery, whether of persons or [of] property; but, o­n the contrary, all such laws and proclamations heretofore made or issued are expressly saved and declared to be in full force in virtue.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this thirteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord o­ne thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-ninth.
[L. S.]
By the President:
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
OR, Ser. III, Vol. 5, pp. 104-105

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