Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

11-12, Correspondence between William Richardson Hunt, Captain of Ordnance of Tennessee, and L.P. Walker, Confederate Secretary of State regarding manufacture of rifle cartridges

MEMPHIS, July 11, 1861.
Hon. L. P. WALKER:
I am turning out 60,000 to 70,000 cartridges per day. Can I order [lead] from Wytheville (Va.) mines? The agent writes me that they are making four tons per day, but will not supply me without an order from you. None can be had elsewhere. I have a supply for a week on hand, and must stop unless I can procure lead.
WM. RICHARDSON HUNT, Capt. of Ordnance for Tennessee.
RICHMOND, VA., July 12, 1861.
WILLIAM RICHARDSON HUNT, Capt. of Ordnance, Memphis, Tenn.:
If the cartridges you manufacture are held subject to the order of this Government, you can have the supply of lead.
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 4, p. 387.



"Ma accompanied the ladies back to prison, taking clothes & provisions with her."

Entry from Kate Carney's diary

July 11th 1862
I've been sewing this morning & had not company come in unexpectedly would have finished easily tomorrow, but just after we had eaten dinner two ladies, whom Pa met while in prison came here & while I carried them up to take off their bonnets had to have something prepared for them to eat. It was a Mrs. Hobson, & a Miss Turley from Nashville. They expected to have come up [to have] seen their cousin & return on the next train, but they failed in getting off soon enough, so they just came out here. The young man is a Mr. Richardson of Ala., was in Camp Chase, made his escape, got this far South, [&] was captured & going to be tried as a guerrilla. Ma accompanied the ladies back to prison, taking clothes & provisions with her. Mr. Paul & Simp Harris are also in the cell, with Mr. Richardson, & of course they got some of the nice things. While they were away, Bettie & I walked down to see Mary & Lockie Duffer, found their little brother very ill. Offered to come tomorrow night to sight up & told my reason for not being with them tonight. That must be quite an unhealthy place, there seems to be someone continually sick there. It is a good thing I did not stay as I was quite sick through the night. They brought in more citizens, & many hope they will be the means of having other citizens released, as they can prove it was Starns men, & Starns sent them word to come out and meet him. He was ready for any of them.
Kate Carney Diary
April 15, 1861-July 31, 1862



11, "[N]early all that time we have had to live off the country;" Letter of Jacob W. Bartmess, Co. C., 39th Indiana, at camp in Winchester, to his wife in Indiana, relative to the destruction caused by foraging during and after the Tullahoma Campaigns
July 11th. 63. 
Camp at Winchester Ten. 
Dear Wife ---. We are now in camp at Winchester. a little town about four miles in the rear of the camp that I wrote from the other time. It has been 17 days since we left Murfreesboro. It has been quite a hard trip. Our supply train just cam up to us yesterday evening the first that we have seen of it for nearly two weeks. nearly all that time we have had to live off the country. We would go out foreageing as we call it. and where ever we could find any corn we would take it for our horses. and then go in the smokehouses and take hams and shoulders or side meat or any thing that could be found to eat. Chickens, geese, turkeys, hogs, and cattle were taken very freely. We had to get corn meal wherever [sic] we could for bread. I got three plugs of tobacco at Tullahoma each about one foot long. which did me very good service. I traided [sic] some of it to the 101st Ohio reg't. for crackers and in this way kept in something to eat. 
There are a great many black berrys [sic]  here and the largest one you ever seen. A lot of us went out yesterday and got all that we wanted to eat. and brought some to camp. 
Well Amanda you ought to see us go into oats fields and meadows with our horses. I tell you, you would see oats and grain suffer. And [sic]  wheat fields that have the wheat cut and shocked we go into and carry out the wheat to feed, and make beds to sleep on. I tell you that the country is perfectly ransacked[.] have stirring new here now, but I expect you have heard it all. The boys are in good spirits, thinking that the war will close this summer. 
We have taken quite a number of prisoners. many of them came and gave themselves up and have taken the oath of allegiance and some of them have enlisted to fight for the union. they say that there are any amount that would desert the rebel army if they had a chance. 
J. W. Bartmess. 
Motlow State Community College Civil War Research Center,


11, A Cuckhold's Revenge in Nashville
"Recorder's Court."
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Calvin Brown had a wife -- he had a wife, some four months ago, until Eli Pickett, by his superior attractions, secured her affections, and lured her from Cal. to himself, about a month ago. Three weeks ago last Saturday night [June 18], while Eli was slumbering in the arms of the faithless Dinah, somebody stole two female dresses and Eli's pants, containing a key and ninety cents. As the thief passed around the porch by Eli's window, the latter thought he saw Cal.'s physiog at his window; fearing to die at that moment, Eli allowed the thief to depart in peace, and the next morning he called in the aid of the Civic and military police to have Cal. arrested, for stealing his breeches and threatening his life. Both failed to nab Cal, who was not seen again until last Saturday [July 9th], when Eli met him on Cedar street, and pistol in hand, demanded that Cal. should accompany him to the office of Provost Marshal. Cal. proved an alibi in the larceny case, and a good character and quite demeanor in that charging him with disorderly conduct; he was there for discharged, while Eli had to pay a fine of $5.
Nashville Dispatch, July 12, 1864.


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