Friday, December 13, 2013

12/13/13 Tennessee CIVIL WAR NOTES

        13, Belt buckles, native intelligence, friction matches and scarcity in Nashville

"Buckle Manufactory."

Messrs. Bibb & Tuttle have commenced the manufacture of buckles in this city, as will be seen by advertisement in another column.

This may seem in the eyes of some but a small business; but such remember that it fills, or will help to fill, a desideratum in the South, the want of which must otherwise soon be felt by all whom may have occasion to use them and that if the public should find that they can only obtain buckles in Montgomery Messrs. B. & T. would soon have a very extensive factory, and could not fail to make an independent fortune on buckles.

They are a thousand and one little mechanical contrivances which are getting scarce in the South, the manufacture of which would employ very many worthy people who are not comparatively idle. For instance, a very small capital would be required for the manufacture of friction matches. These are almost indispensable, and we doubt if any are made in the Confederacy and if we should ever obtain another supply from aboard after the blockade ceases, a duty will have to be paid upon [them].

We trust that the mechanics of the country who may not have all their time employed will commence thinking [sic]; if they will, we doubt not almost every one can suggest something useful which may as well be manufactured in the South as elsewhere. We wish to see the mechanical genius of the country finally brought out. Each one should remember that __

"Large streams from little fountains flow;

Tall oaks from little acorns grow,"

and that everything must have a beginning.

Nashville Daily Gazette, December 13, 1861.


 13, Assessment for relief of the poor[1]

State of Tennessee, Executive Director

Nashville, Dec. 13, 1862

Whereas, There are many helpless widows, wives and children in the city of Nashville and county of Davidson, who have been reduced to poverty and wretchedness in consequence of their husbands, sons and fathers having been forced into the armies of this unholy and nefarious rebellion, and their necessities having become great and manifest, and their wants for the necessaries of life so urgent, that all the laws of justice and humanity would be grossly violated unless something was done to relieve their destitute and suffering condition: The following assessment is ordered in behalf of these suffering families from those who have contributed directly or indirectly in bringing about this unfortunate state of affairs. The amount annexed to each name may be paid in five months, the first payment to be made on or before the 20th of December, 1862.[2] All persons called upon in this notice will pay the amount required to the Comptroller of the State, and it will be applied in such manner as may be prescribed to the purposes for which it was collected.

John Overton          $2,500            Evans & Co.           $500

John M. Bass          1,500             A.F. Golf                 500

W.W. Berry            1,500             Dr. J.W. Hoggatt    500

Henry Frazier          1,250             Michael Vaughn     500

Macey & Hamilton 1,000             W.H. Lucas            500

W.W. Woodfol       1,000             Dyer Pearl & Co.    500

W.G. Harding         1,000             Mrs. John R. Wilso 500

M.R. Cockrill          1,000             J.A.S. Acklin          500

A.W. Vanleer         1,000             W.R. Elliston          500

A.L.P. Green          750        D.F. Carter                     500

Enoch Ensley          750        R.C. McNairy                 500

L.B. Fite                 750        J.W. Horton                   500

J.M. Hill                 500        J.H. Williams                  500

Ed. Childress, Sr.    500        Morgan & Co.                500

Andy Hamilton        500        W.B. Walton                  500

Wash. Barrow         500        Dunn &Co., Banke         500

Niell S. Brown 500        Mrs. Luzinka Brown       500

David McGavock    500        R.H. Gardner                 .250

Granville P. Smith   500        Wm. Ewing            .        250

A.C. Carter             500        W.H. Hagan                   250

C.E. Hillman           500        W.D. Phillips                   250

James Cockrill        500         Phil. Shute                      250

Anth. W. Johnson   500         G.M. Fogg                     250

Allison, Andrson & Co  

500         W.K. Bowling               250

John Thompson      500         Wm. L. Murfree             250

Hiram Vaughn        500         Thos. McCampbell        250

Wilo. Williams 500         Wm. E. Watkins             250

L.F. Beech             500         Wm. Lawrence               250

A.B. Montgomery   500         W.H. Calhoun                250

Felix Demoville       500         James Webb                   250

Byrd Douglas          500         Dr. W.A. Cheatham       250

Hollins & Co.         500         Isaac Paul                       250

J.B. Craighead        500         Archer Cheatham           250

W.P. Bryan              500               John Johns             250

John M. Lea             500               Wm. Stockell          250

Mac. Ridley              500               Jo. Woods              250

John Harding, Jr.      500               T. Fanning              250

T.O. Harris               500               A.J. Duncan           250

G.W. Donnegan        500               Frank McGavock    250

Stokely Donelson      500               A.C. & A.B. Beech 250

John Lawrence         500               J. W. Hamilton       250

John O. Hadley         500               G.W. Hendershott   250

Nashville Dispatch, December 14, 1862.



13, Confederate foragers on the Sneedville road commit depredations

TAZEWELL, December 14, 1863.

GEN.: Nothing further from the enemy on my left, except that yesterday a force of about 400 cavalry were this side Clinch River, on the Sneedville road, committing depredations; probably scouting and foraging. Nothing from them to-day. I sent you order to Capt. Gross, who is coming on. I have sent to Barboursville for wire; also sent to Cumberland Gap for axes, and they will leave there for Knoxville to-morrow. No cross-cut saws, and have telegraphed Hall for one hundred.

This Sixth Indiana Cavalry are used up, and there is not sufficient cavalry force to scout the Sneedville road.

Very respectfully,

O. B. WILLCOX, Brig.-Gen.

Maj.-Gen. FOSTER.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 31, pt. I, p. 400.


13, 1864 - Frustration and apprehension expressed by one pro-Union woman in Nashville

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Hood still lies in front of us with his army, and still Destruction is our ruler! The officers say that the suburbs of the city have been so changed in every direction during this fortnight that we have been kept at our own post, that we of Springside would not know them. Trees all gone, beautiful houses pulled down, as they would interfere with the cannons range, hills turned into threatening fortifications, and lines of soldiers drilling everywhere! Hood himself is at Mr. Rains's, the next place to Uncle John Trimble's – think of it, as near as that! No wonder the poor blacks are terrified out of their wits.

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Journal of Maggie Lindsley.

[1] In keeping with his wish to tax those affluent secessionists who had made significant financial donations to the Confederacy, Johnson imposed this second assessment on an extended list of persons at greatly higher totals than the order of August 18. The list includes Nashville's most prosperous population, with the prominent Confederate John Overton, placed at its head. Also included were former Governor Neill S. Brown, since June apparently a spokesman for the Union, and Johnson's old friend, Lizinka Brown, who had fled South.

[2] According to the Nashville Union of February 7, 1863, only 55 of the 84 charged were cited as negligent on both installments, and "three or four"as having disburse the second payment.

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

(615)-532-1550  x115

(615)-532-1549  FAX


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