Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26 - Civil War Notes

26, Correspondence from a "Union Man" to Military Governor Andrew relative to conditions at the Insane Asylum 
[Nashville] June 26, 1862
State of things at the insane asylum [sic] asylum [sic] 

this time last summer I heard doctor and Mrs. Cheatham [Superintendent of the Asylum] and old man ready say that King harris [sic] mist it by leting andy Johnson the treator go that he should be hung-- now sir them very people have sent some three large chests to town one to cheathams wharehouse the other two to Parrishes wharehouse I am not certain what is in them but there are a grate many here that the[y] have just packed I am told that two contain ladys bolts of dry goods beding carpeting and so he has keep a bout, 3000 Pds of rebel bacon that was stored here the time rebels run a way likewise 12 steers a large quantity of lard you can find out if he has charged them to the state of not he keeps 12 hors[es] here the most of them is blood stock he raisd the most of them here he did get 2 carriage horses from is brother in the rebel army he did keep until lately a seamstress with 4 children to sew for his lady and the ready famaly bill cheatham the gambler is out here he was the first in nashville to raise a company the[y] caul the cheathe[m] rifles he stays out of the way here boarding at the docters No. 1 Table the famaly the[y] think the[y] are above all others there is knothing is cared for here but the one table and the pachents can have knothing only the one thing all the time and I am told he dus not goe in to som of the wards in monnths there is three cooking departments here one for the ladys the other for the gents the other for the superier negroes that cooks the[y] can just dow as the[y please] in two of them I have not seen in four years the steward the docter or Mrs Chetham eather to order or see what the pachents got The trustees dus not know any thing about this it is time that it was known to them and the public at largae so as to make a change for the benefit of the poor inmates the steward deeps the books he is the man to keep until he lets the cat out of the bag the docter has been one of the fourth or fifth on the rebels list in the gazette and ever since he has devoted all his time to help it
 from a Union Man
The Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 5, pp. 507-508.




   26, Governor Isham G. Harris's call to the men of Tennessee
Men of Tennessee! If you would resist these raids, predatory bands, and incendiaries of the enemy, organize at once and stand ready to repel or crush them.
If you would protect your private property, defend your wives and children, your personal liberty, your national independence, and your lives, organize at once and stand ready to strike for them
Let the beardless boy and the hoary-headed father organize for the defense of their altars, their homes, and all that is dear to freemen.
Let the gallant men who have been disabled by the exposure and hardships of the camp or the casualties of bloody fields give to these new organizations the benefit of their experience and example.
Let every man who can wield a musket or draw a sword, who is so situated that he cannot swell the ranks of our Army for constant service, organize at once for home defense and special service.
Chattanooga Daily Rebel, June 28, 1863



    26, Skirmish at Beech Grove
No circumstantial reports filed.
HDQRS. TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, Hollow Spring, June 26, 1863--9 a. m.
Brig.-Gen. TURCHIN, Cmdg. Cavalry:
SIR: The general commanding this corps directs that you move at o­nce with your command of cavalry to Lumley's Stand. From thence you will move with great caution, reconnoitering all the roads, and endeavor to communicate with Gen. Thomas, who is marching o­n the Beech Grove road to Manchester. Report frequently.
By order of Major-Gen. Crittenden:
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Beech Grove, June 26, 1863--2.15 p. m.
The general commanding has arrived at this place. Gen. Thomas has driven the enemy 2 1/2 miles toward Fairfield. Gen. Granger is advancing toward Matt's Hollow, and hopes to reach the head of it to-night. Gen. McCook is holding Liberty Gap with apart of his force; the remainder will join us here. There have been about 200 casualties thus far. Except the bad weather, all goes well. We hope you will get within reach of Manchester to-night, if possible. Your difficulties of route are appreciated. Hdqrs. will be here till further orders. News from the East mixed, as usual.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. A. GARFIELD, Brig.-Gen. and Chief of Staff.
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 23, pt. I, p. 460.     


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