Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/30/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

        30, An Act to amend the law respecting Bowie Knives and other weapons

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That all laws forbidding the importation, manufacture, selling or giving away of Bowie Knives or other weapons and all laws prohibiting the carrying of pistols, Bowie knives, or other weapons, openly or unconcealed, be suspended during the existing war.

EDWIN A. KEEBLE, Speaker of the House of Representatives

EDWARD CHEATHAM, Speaker of the Senate

Passed October 30, 1861.

Public Acts of the State of Tennessee for 1861-1862, p. 26. [1]



30, Lieutenant Andrew Jackson Lacy, Eighth Tennessee cavalry, letter to home in Jackson county

State of Tennessee

Davidson Co

October The 30th 1862

Dear Mother, Brother, and Sister Affectionate Wife [sic]

This morning I seat my self to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at this time and with regard to your feelings hope that these lines will find you all well.

We are now 7 mi from Nashville near the Franklin railroad. Wee [sic] are the pickets of the Southern army. At Murfreesboro I was on picket day before yesterday with 15 men. Wee taken sick 3 prisinnors [sic] They were French men. Me and Capt Woolsy went a few days ago in sight of Nashville with 30 of our company. Wee could see their fortifications [sic] around the citty [sic]. Our regiment has been all around Nashville. Wee had a fight on the 20th of this inst. Wee was attackted [sic] about sunrise on the north side of Cumberland river 8 m [sic] from Nashville, near the Gallatin Pike. We had 594 men. The Fedderals [sic] had some near 3,000 men infantry and cavalry. Wee was over powereet [sic] and had to retreat. The like to a surrounded [sic] us. You can't imamagin [sic] how the bullets did whistle around our heads. Our Co [sic] all escaped except [for] F Runnels and one of the Rectters [sic].[2] They was captured by the Yankees. Wee have plenty of fun and wee have hardships anought [sic] to make up for it. Wee have had beds of snow to lay on. Wee ride night and day half fed. Wee only have about 50 men out of 96 able for duty at present.

Continuation of letter 30 Oct 1862 [sic]

November 2, 1862

In conclusion of my letter I seat my self this Sabbath morning to drop you a few more lines. Wee are still a doing the best wee all can. I went yesterday to get my horses shod. I went up the Nolensville Pike 2 mi. I would like to see you all this morning. Wee have had news in our caps about the Perryville fight.

Father & Mother, I never saw the sweetness and pleasures of a good home before. I am now in a distant land from you both and I may never return. I want you to remember me and recollect the name of your son, when he may probably be laying beneath the soil of a distant land. I want you to treat Elisasbeth [sic] as well as you can and Elisabeth [sic] treat Father & Mother with respect at all times. Give my best respect to all enquireing [sic] friends and reserve a good portion for your self. [sic] I must close. So no more. But will remain

Your affectionate A. J. Lacy – 3 Lieutenant in Capt Woolsy's Co

When shall wee all meet again

When this you see remember me to my dear friends

Lacy Correspondence.



30, Skirmish at Leeper's Ferry on Holston River

No circumstantial reports filed.

HDQRS. NINTH ARMY CORPS, Near Lenior's, Tenn., October 30, 1863.

Lieut. Second Brigade, Cavalry Division:

COL.: The general commanding corps desires that you will please send immediately one company of your command to the vicinity of Leeper's Ferry, about six miles up the river from the mouth of Little Tennessee River. A slight skirmish has taken place there to-day. You will please resist, or give orders to this command to resist, all attempts on the part of the enemy to cross the river, watching it well on both flanks of the ferry. Any information of importance will at once be communicated to these headquarters.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

NICOLAS BOWEN, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 52, pt. I, p. 485.


An account of the fighting by a member of the Twenty-seventh Kentucky Mounted Infantry

October 30, 1863, Colonel Pennebaker moved up to Leaper's [sic] Ferry with out brigade. Sent two companies across the river, and beyond Unecia[3] on scout-company D, of the Twenty-seventh Kentucky and one company of the Eleventh Kentucky mounted infantry, Captain Hammer commanding. They were attacked by a brigade of rebels, and after two hours' fighting, Captain Hammer fell back to the river in perfect order, and none of his men hurt. The rebels now began to close in, confident of capturing the two companies, but we began to reach across the river with our long-ranged Enfield rifles, and held them back until Lieutenant-Colonel Ward crossed over with three companies, A, H, and C. We had but one small ferry-boat to cross in. Captain Pulliam with our company, B, got in the boat and started across, and when we were about half-way across, the rebels rushed down and poured a heavy volley into the boat, killing one man. The Captain received order to go back to the shore, which we did under a perfect shower of bullets. The rebels made several bold attempts to captured the companies across the river, but our continued volleys from both sided of the river were too hot for them. On one of their bold attempts t lay hands on their prize, Lieutenant-Colonel Ward, who is always found in the thickest danger, not knowing but he would be overpowered, told the color-bearer, Sergeant John Defever, a young man of seventeen years, to never let the flag fall into rebel hands. When the moment grew more threatening, the Sergeant furled the old worn flag and plunged into the rapid Holston, and while bullets dimpled the water he swam with the flag safe across. About sundown we were by the Eighth Michigan and One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois cavalry. The rebels, thinking we were too many for them, fell back. The companies across the river returned one at a time in a little ferry-boat till all were over. Then we straightened up and went into camp, and we do not think we ever saw a much darker night, and raining very hard, and had been all the evening.

Rebellion Record, Vol. 8, p. 314.



        30, Initiation of Federal anti-guerrilla sweep, Murfreesborough to Shelbyville, Tennessee, to New Market and to Athens Alabama


Nashville, Tenn., October 30, 1864.

Col. CAPRON, Cmdg. Brigade:

COL.: I am directed by Maj.-Gen. Thomas to say that he wishes you to move with your three regiments early in the morning to Athens [AL], via Murfreesborough, Shelbyville, and New Market [AL]. On your arrival report to Brig.-Gen. Croxton. Capture and kill all guerrillas in the country over which you pass. Should you hear of any body of them near your line of march detach a sufficient force to overpower and capture them.


R. W. JOHNSON, Brig.-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 39, pt. III, p. 525.


[1] Public Acts of the State of Tennessee Passed at the First & Second Sessions of the Thirty-Fourth General Assembly, For the Years 1861-1862, (Nashville, 1862), p. 26. [Hereinafter: Public Acts of the State of Tennessee for 1861-1862.]

[2] Recruiters?

[3] Unidentified. Possibly Unita in Loudon county.

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

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