13, Belt buckles, native intelligence, friction matches and scarcity in Nashville
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
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. 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.
O. B. WILLCOX, Brig.-Gen.
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.
 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.
 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.
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37214