Wednesday, November 13, 2013

        13, Jewish support for the Confederacy in Memphis

Meeting of the Israelites—Subscription for the Wounded.

Since the breaking out of the war there is no class of our citizens who have been more liberal in their contributions. When arms, equipments or other things have been wanted, they have readily given their assistance. The Hebrew Ladies' Society have made liberal gifts of socks, blankets, and other warm woolen articles for the soldiers in the field. The occurrence of the late battle raided all the sympathies of our patriotic and benevolent Hebrew citizens, as the following will testify:

At a meeting of Israelites, held at their Synagogue, on Sunday morning at 10 0'clock, to devise ways and means for the relief of the wounded at the late battle of Columbus, Mr. A. Halle was called to the chair and A. E. Frankland appointed secretary.

On motion the following resolutions were unanimously carried:

Whereas, in the recent battle opposite Columbus, wherein our brave volunteers fought hand to hand and breast to breast, against fearful odds of the invading hordes of vandals, in defense of "our rights, our liberties and our firesides!" which we are now enjoying, in the blissful retirement of home. And notwithstanding our victory (which the Great God of Battles has once more perched on our standard) many of our brave boys have fallen! and many, many more are sick, wounded and dying, and need our care, attention and assistance; therefore,

Resolved, That a subscription list be at once opened for their relief.

Resolved, That a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. J. H. Schman, T. Falts and B. Walker, be appointed to receive and collect all subscriptions made, and also from others not present.

Resolved, That the fund shall be immediately completed and handed over forthwith to the proper authorities, appointed to receive the same.

Thereupon the meeting adjourned.

A. Halle, Chairman.

B. A. E. Frankland, Secretary.

C. [List of names with amounts]

Memphis Daily Appeal, November 14, 1861.



13, Complaints about Nashville's constabulary

The Police.—We respectfully ask the attention of the Committee on Police to the frequent and daring burglaries taking place in our midst, and beg that they will endeavor to put a stop to them. We have sixteen night policemen, and we are informed that each one patrols his beat alone. In times like the present this should not be allowed; their lives are in constant danger, and they stand no more chance of arresting a burglar than if they were quietly slumbering in their beds all night. What do two desperate men care for one policeman? They should patrol in pairs, and be permitted to call for military assistance when required. As General Rosecrans seems determined to put a stop to pillaging, we think that the Mayor and the Police Committee could make some arrangement by which the lives and property of our citizens could be protected. Within a month, two of our citizens have been murdered, and the perpetrators of the foul deeds are at large—one of them known to the police and military authorities, and almost daily, as we are informed, committing depredations of some kind. We are also informed that there are in town several notorious thieves who are provided with Federal uniform, which they put on for the express purpose of pressing horses and searching and robbing houses. Cannot such things be stopped? We think such men can and ought to be brought to justice.

Nashville Dispatch, November 13, 1862.



        13, The murder of James Hollister in Nashville

Thursday Night's Murders.—On Thursday [13th] night, as Mr. James Hollister was conversing with some friends in the saloon of the Commercial Hotel, a private soldier came in and demanded some liquor, which was refused. The applicant insisted, and threatened violence unless his request was complied with, when Mr. Hollister again refused and ordered him away. The soldier then struck him a violent blow upon the head, either with a slung-shot or some other deadly weapon, which prostrated the unfortunate man, and caused his death about an hour thereafter. Mr. Hollister was a young man of excellent character and amiable disposition, and was much loved and respected by a large circle of friends. He was a brother of Mr. Charles Hollister, of Union street.

About the same hour several soldiers went to the beer establishment of Mr. Robert Weitmiller, at Belleview, and demanded admittance. He refused to open the door, and they thereupon broke it open, and demanded liquor. Mr. W. stated that he had none to give them, and after a few more words he received a shot from a pistol in the hands of one of the soldiers, from the effects of which he will probably die.

A soldier was found dead in South Nashville, and a negro was picked up beyond Broad street in an insensible condition, the former no doubt murdered, and the latter with his skull fractured in such manner as to leave little doubt of his speedy death.

We heard of another murder near the railroad tunnel, but could obtain no reliable information on the subject, except that he was a soldier, who had shot a soldier on Wednesday night.

Officer John Cavendar was attacked by a number of soldiers on Thursday night, but finding that he was an officer, they concluded to molest him no more.

We understand that one man has been arrested for being engaged in the killing of Mr. Hollister, and the military authorities have issued orders for the arrest of all stragglers, with the hope of finding out the guilty parties. It would not be a bad idea for the police to arrest all straggling citizens who are unable to give a correct account of themselves and their manner of living.

Nashville Dispatch, November 15, 1862.



        13, Confederate conscript sweeps in West Tennessee

HDQRS., Chesterville, Miss., November 13, 1863.


SIR: Inclosed please find a note from Capt. Ferguson and Col. Lowry, with reference to the enemy's movements near Corinth. Evidently it was the design of the enemy a few days ago to evacuate the railroad-the Memphis and Charleston road, I mean. I again renew my request contained in a letter to you a few days ago, to permit me to move on the line of this road and destroy it; at the same time execute my orders with reference to enforcing the conscription laws In West Tennessee and collect my command, the larger part of which is now in West Tennessee. Gen. Gholson, with the State troops, will move with me. His men and my command now on this side the line will make an efficient force of 1,200 men. With this force I can destroy the road and hold West Tennessee until I can get all my command together.

Yours, &c.,

R. V. RICHARDSON, Col., Cmdg. Northeast Mississippi.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 31, pt. III, p. 689.



        13, General Orders, No. 3, designating names for defensive earthworks around Pulaski

GENERAL ORDERS, No. 3. HDQRS. U. S. FORCES, Pulaski, Tenn., November 13, 1864.

The following are announced as the names of the works composing the defenses in and around Pulaski:

1. The battery at the most southern end of town to be called Battery Lane.

2. The work at the female seminary to be called Lunette Opdycke.

3. The work at McCullain's house to be called Lunette Evans.

4. The redoubt on the point of the ridge by the Cornersville road to be called Redoubt Suman.

5. The work at the northern point of the same ridge, where the old Columbia road crosses it, to be called Redoubt Waters.

6. The works on the cluster of hills, spurs, and ridges, fortified by Gen. Bradley's brigade, to be called Bradley's Intrenchments.

7. The line of works constructed by Col. Martin's brigade to be called Martin's Lines.

8. The works constructed by Col. Knefler, on the most westerly hill, to be called Redoubt Knefler.

9. The work constructed by Col. Post's brigade to be called Demilune Post.

10. The work on the central conical peak (where the flag-staff is) to be called For Pulaski.

11. The works between Lunette Evans and Redoubt Suman to be called Grose's Lines.

By command of Maj.-Gen. Stanely:

W. H. SINCLAIR, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 52, pt. I, p. 658.


James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

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Nashville, TN  37214

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