Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/19/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

        19, Sickness afflicts the Texas Rangers in Nashville

Liberal.—Col. Terry, of the Texas regiment, lately encamped in the vicinity of Nashville, many of whom are now there sick, has drawn largely upon his individual means to provide for the wants of his men. His latest donation was a check for $500, placed in the hands of the Nashville Soldiers' Aid Society, for the benefit of his sick men. 

Memphis Daily Appeal, November 19, 1861.



        19, "WOMAN'S LOVE

Holy, holy is the love of Woman;

Bright and boundless as the starry sphere!!

Treading earth with footsteps soft and airy-

Hope and Mercy's faithful minister.

Here she drops her fairest, sweetest roses

In the path of Joy's triumphal car;

Here to Sorrow's tearful eye she rises,

Like the glory of a newborn star!

Pleasure greets her as the fairest mortal,

Drinking life and beauty from her eyes

Sorrow greets her as a blessing angel,

Soft descending from the happy skies.

Ah! Whom God into HER [sic] care hath given

Misses Earth and only dreams of Heaven.

by William Hubner[1]

Chattanooga Daily Rebel, November 19, 1862



19, Capture of Partisan Ranger W. W. Faulkner and men in West Tennessee


Gen. S. COOPER, Adjutant and Inspector-Gen.


* * * *

I am just informed that Capt. W. W. Faulkner, commanding Kentucky Battalion of Partisan Rangers, who was captured in West Tennessee with sixteen of his men, has been sent to the military prison at Alton, Ill., the men with him; also a Capt. Meriwether, Lieut. L. H. Johnson and Lieut. Blakemore. Gen. Grant U. S. Army, it is said refused to recognize them as entitled to the benefit of the late cartel for exchange of prisoners. These cases of partisan corps are constantly arising. I shall demand their release on parole as other prisoners, but am of the opinion that this matter should be brought to the attention of United States Government. I have at present very few U. S. prisoners in my hands upon whom retaliation can be exercised. All I have, however, will be kept in close confinement until I shall receive instructions from War Department or until all our prisoners whom I know to be in their hands are paroled.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. PEMBERTON, Lieut.-Gen., Cmdg.

OR, Ser. II, Vol. 4, p. 948.


HDQRS. DEPT. OF MISSISSIPPI AND EAST LOUISIANA, Jackson, Miss., November 19, 1862.

GEN. OFFICER, Cmdg. U. S. Forces Southwest Tennessee.

GEN.: I am credibly informed that Capt. W. W. Faulkner, Capt. Meriwether, Lieut. L. H. Johnson, Lieut. Blakemore and sixteen privates belonging to Partisan Ranger Corps, C. S. Army, have been refused the benefits of the late cartel for the exchange of prisoners of war. These officers and men are as much a part of the C. S. Army as are any others composing it and as much entitled to the benefits of the cartel as any of your prisoners whom I now hold. I request therefore to be informed in reference to your intentions as regards the prisoners above referred to, and have to state that I shall cause and equal number of your prisoners to be held in close confinement until duly notified of the release on parole or otherwise of those to whom this communication refers.

Respectfully, &c.,

J. C. PEMBERTON, Lieut.-Gen., Cmdg.

OR, Ser. II, Vol. 4, p. 731.



        19, Skirmish at Meriwether's Ferry,[2] Obion River, near Union City

NOVEMBER 19, 1863.-Skirmish at Meriwether's Ferry, near Union City, Tenn.

Report of Capt. Franklin Moore, Second Illinois Cavalry.

UNION CITY, November 20, 1863.

I have just received the following from Capt. F. Moore, whom I sent after the rebels, who went to Hickman. "We came, we saw, we conquered."

NOVEMBER 20, 1863. Col. WARING, Cmdg., Union City:

I attacked the devils at Meriwether's Ferry, at noon, yesterday. I whipped them and killed 11 men, and took Col. Sol. G. Street and 55 men; also one wagon-load of arms and some horses. My loss none, except 1 man wounded.

Yours, truly,

F. MOORE, Capt., Cmdg. Battalion

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 31, pt. I, p. 570.



        19, Federal measures to clothe and feed contraband slaves in Middle Tennessee


Pulaski, Tennessee, November 19, 1863

It being impossible to feed the large number of negro women and children coming to our lines, and it being a part of the policy of the Government to protect them, it is hereby ordered that the commanders of posts and provost-marshals return them upon their plantations with written instructions to the proprietors to feed and protect them. Stock, produce, and forage will be left on such plantations in sufficient quantities to support them. Where negro women and children come from so great a distance that it is impossible to return them, they will be quartered upon deserted farms, and grain, abandoned stock, and sufficient supplies left to support them. When abandoned [farms] are not convenient, they will be quartered upon known rebels.

All able-bodied negro men will be received and disposed of as heretofore ordered.

OR, Ser. 1, Vol. 31, pt. III, p. 198.



        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.


[1] Apparently William Hubner was a poet of some renown in Chattanooga.

[2] Dyer's Battle Index for Tennessee refers to a separate incident, also on the 19th, as a skirmish on the Obion River near Union City. Moreover, Dyer spells it "Merryweather's Ferry."

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

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