Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4.23.14 Tennessee Civil War Notes

        23, Ethnic competition for housing in Nashville
Fort Johnson Nashville Tenn.,
Apl. 23d, 1864
Andrew Johnston [sic]
Honored Sir,
Necessity compels me to make a few statements of facts and to request your interference in behalf of my family –
I am a citizen of Bradley Co. Tenn., and have in the United states [sic] service for more than two years. – some [sic] time in last February my family was compelled to leave home for want of subsistence. I met them at this place Feb. 18th, and have been trying from that time to this to rent a house or room for them to live in but have, as yet, failed to get one –
I find that nearly all of the confiscated, as well as individual houses are occupied by contraband negroes, poor white soldiers [sic] families are left out of doors, more than once have I tried to rent vacant houses only to receive the assurance from some rebel citizen that they were rented to negroes [sic], this being the case I would most respectfully ask that you grant my family a pass to Charleston Tenn. And the privilege of transporting provisions over the Rail Road to them – my family consists of, my wife and four children, my wifes [sic] sister and five children, and my sister (twelve in all)[.] if [sic] you will aid me in procuring a house, or pass them back home I will ever hold you in most greatful [sic] remembrance[.]
Most respectfully Sir Your Obdt Servt
James H. Kile
1st Sergt Battery "D" 1st Tenn. Arty
Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 6, p. 684.

James B. Jones, Jr.
Public Historian
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN  37214
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