Sunday, September 8, 2013

9/7/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

        7, "A Shocking Outrage."

We learn that a shocking outrage was committed on the person of a young lady residing near the Southern suburbs of the city, a few nights since but are unable to obtain full particulars as the affair is been kept secret as possible by her family and friends, who are said to be people of unblemished reputation. From what we learned, it would appear that they young lady who was both beautiful and virtuous, was awakened on Saturday night last by a noise in her room; and starting suddenly, saw two men engaged in the work of plundering her trunks. She screamed faintly but not so as to be hard through the house. One of the ruffians rushed to the bedside, and throwing her back, applied chloroform to her mouth. What followed, we leave to our readers to imagine; suffice it to say that the young lady was found next morning in a dangerous and pitiable condition, and bordering on insanity Doubts are entertained of her recovery. Who these fiends in human shape were, is not known. They carried off considerable money and other plunder. It is supposed they entered the house for the purpose of robbery, and seeing a chance to do far worse than that, embraced it. It is hoped the felons will be ferreted out and speedily brought to justice. We cannot conceive a punishment too severe for this most damnable crime.

Memphis Bulletin, September 7, 1864.




7, "Police Court."

The whisky mania among the uncivil civilians of the lower order rules as unabatedly as fruit-peddling among the juveniles and niggers [sic] of the township, how shocking severe it may be to the moral element. Out of eighteen cases tried by the Recorder yesterday morning, twelve were presented for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and for about two or three months this has been the common ratio. Some of them were "hardened sinners," others occasional inebriated, and a few beguiled innocents. The only remedy we can suggest for the eradication of this great evil is to give free license to a score of our most expert and capacious "rummies" to drink their fill-the early absorption of all the vile liquor in this part of the globe would surely not be an impracticable method of attaining object so humane and desirable. Next to the bibbers [sic] come the venders of "cold pizen." Two of them were fined for having in their employ clerks who had not been sworn as the law requires. Violating the market laws, leaving a cellar door open all night, running a dray without license, and stealing onion from the market house, were the charges against the remaining dependents, all of whom were found guilty. Three "defaulters" were transferred to the workhouse. Amount paid in fines and costs, $124.50.

Nashville Daily Press, September 8, 1863.



7, Forrest aims to reoccupy Murfreesboro for the Confederacy, and reports of trouble in northern cities

SPARTA, TENN., September 7, 1862--7 a.m.

Maj.-Gen. POLK:

DEAR GEN.: Buckner marched this morning; Anderson follows to-morrow. I shall be between them, and probably cross at Carhtage on

Tuesday, the 9th. Forrest reports the enemy rapidly evacuating Nashville, so that we must push to head him off. A Louisville paper of 30 represents Cincinnati, &c., in consternation; business suspended; martial law declared, and every citizen impressed to work on the fortifications. Arouse the people to join us as you progress.

Yours, truly,


P. S.--A note just from Forrest; he is in Lebanon and moves immediately on Murfreesborough.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 16, pt. II, pp. 799-800.


James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

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