Friday, July 5, 2013

7/5/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

5, Memphis city school system faces suspension

Suspension of the Public Schools.—The city council yesterday passed an ordinance looking to the suspension of the public schools, and appointed a committee to confer with the school visitors on the subject of suspension. The proceedings will be found in our council report.

Memphis Daily Appeal, July 6, 1861.




5,  A Rebel rallying cry as the Army of the Cumberland approached Chattanooga

Rally, boys, rally

On hill and in valley

The foeman advances with musket and sword:

Long be the story,

That records the glory

Of those who stood fast for our land and or our lord!

Chattanooga Daily Rebel, July 5, 1863.




        5, Ambush of Memphis and Charleston railroad by Confederate guerrillas

Excerpt from the account of Sergeant-Major Linus H. Miller, Thirty-seventh Iowa Infantry, of an ambush[1] by Confederate bushwhackers on the Memphis and Charleston Military Railroad, July 5, 1864.


[Sir:] I have the honor to state that on July 5 a detail of fifty [men] was sent from the Thirty-seventh Regiment to go as guard on a supply train on the Memphis and Charleston United States Military Railroad. When about thirty-six miles out, the train was fired into by fifty or sixty bushwhackers, concealed in the brush and behind a fence. Our guards were stationed on top of the cars, exposed to their fire, the train running thirty miles an hour. Our men returned the fire very promptly and it is believed from the best information we can gather, we did the enemy equal damage, at least in number. Our loss in soldiers...[was two corporals]. Both died in the hospital. Two others were wounded and are doing well. One brakeman on the train was killed, and a colored man dangerously wounded. The bushwhackers fired very [wildly], many shots striking and passing clear through the cars....

L.H. Miller, Sergeant-Major

SOR, Ser. I, Vol. 7, pp. 195-196.

[1] This ambush is referenced in neither the OR nor Dyer's Battle Index for Tennessee 

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

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Nashville, TN  37214

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