To the Officers in Command of the Militia of the State of Tennessee in the 2d, 3d, and 4th Divisions.
The danger of invading upon the part of the Federal forces is imminent. This invasion threatens the quiet and security of your homes, and involves the destruction of your sacred rights of person and property. The warning example of Maryland, Missouri and Kentucky, bids you, if you would preserve your firesides, you homes and the sanctity of you wives and daughters to meet the despotic invaders and his minion at the threshold of your State and drive him back. Let the soil of Tennessee be preserved from his unhallowed touch, and let him know the in defence of our liberties and our altars every Tennessean is ready to yield up his life. Gen. A. S. Johnston, commanding the forces of the Confederates States in this Department, in view of its threatened danger has called upon me to send to the field such force as can be armed by the State.
In obedience to which requisition, and to repel the invader, thirty thousand of the militia of this State are hereby called to the field.
Officers in command of the militia of the 2d, 3d, and 4th divisions will hold their commands in readiness to receive marching orders by the 25th inst., unless in the meantime a sufficient number of volunteers have tendered their serviced to fill this requisition.
Special orders to the commanders of the militia apportioning this requisition among the different brigades of said divisions, will be immediately forwarded, accompanied with such instructions and directions as may be necessary to the movements of troops to the places of rendezvous.
In the meantime Captains will direct their companies to parade on some given day , with whatever arms they may have, and they will take all other proper and legal steps to possess the arms, within the bounds of their respective districts, and immediately report to the commanding officer of their regiments the number of arms and accouterments as well as the strength of their companies.
By order of Isham G. Harris,
Governor and Commander-in-Chief
W. C. Whittorne, Ass't. Adj't. General.
Nashville Daily Gazette, November 30, 1861.
19, SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 301, relative to reducing absentees from the Army of Tennessee
SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 301. HDQRS. ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Missionary Ridge, November 19, 1863.
I. Lieut. Col. H. W. Walter, assistant adjutant-general, is assigned to the special duty of gathering the absentees from this army. He will visit the quartermasters, commissaries, commandants of post, provost-marshals, and hospitals in the rear. Within this department he will send to the army all officers and soldiers thereof improperly or unnecessarily detailed and improperly in arrest or custody, and will substitute any disabled officer or soldier for a healthy detail where the former can discharge the duties required.
In any other department he will [with the approval of the officer commanding the same] send to their commands all officers and soldiers detailed from this army and all improperly in arrest or confinement.
He will arrest and send to the army all officers and soldiers thereof found absent without authority from the commanding general. He will report weekly to these headquarters, and through them to regimental officers, the name of each officer and soldier sent to the army and the name of any one substituted for a detail and the length of time and the place for which the substitute is detailed.
Cmdg. officers of regiments will send to Lieut.-Col. Walter, through this office, a list of all absentees this side the Mississippi, stating their present locations as far as known.
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By command of Gen. Bragg:
OR, Ser. I, Vol. 31, pt. III, p 717.
19, "Battle in Smoky"
A number of soldiers belonging to the third Tennessee cavalry got into Smoky yesterday afternoon, and raised considerable excitement. One or two of them were arrested by the military police, but they were unable to cope with a whole regiment, armed and using their weapons freely. One soldier got his head so badly smashed that his life is despaired of; the police officers made a narrow escape, and were finally compelled to beat a retreat through the back door of one of the houses the soldiers were firing into. As length, having driven the "enemy" from the field, the soldiers quieted down for a time. It appears plain to us that such disgraceful conduct might easily be avoided if officers would remain with their companies, and insist upon good discipline. If this cannot be done, soldiers ought to be disarmed before they are allowed to run wild through the streets.
Nashville Dispatch, November 20, 1864.