Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2.11.2015 Tennessee Civil War Notes

        11, "The white men of Tennessee, all, ALL are masters." A white supremacist polemic against the "Black Republican" party

The Cloven Foot! Beware!

The time has not yet come for Black Republicanism in Tennessee to throw off all disguise and show its hideous features in the broad sunlight of day. The freemen of Tennessee are of the South, and with the South, heart and soul in the struggle inaugurated by the Black Republican party, to efface the political distinction which the interests of society have established in the South between the white and black races.

But the boast of Helperism[1] is among us, sowing the seeds of discord in the bosom of society, and here, even here, in Tennessee, endeavoring to frighten Southern men into silence, and a tame submission to the domination of a hostile sectional faction.

Resistance to a power which is pledged to our destruction, it denounces as treason and points to dthe gallows. Like threats were uttered agents our revolutionary sires. Yet they shrank not, nor cowered before it. Neither will the freemen of Tennessee. As they triumphed, so in a cause, no less sacred than that which fired their souls, so shall the whole South triumph.

The anonymous slips now being circulated, filled as they are, with the gall of hatred towards the South and yet so loving, so gentle in their chiding of the North, may yet wake the slumbering lion from his lair.

The Black Republican party, says one of these little paper billets, has yet done us no harm.

The refusal to deliver up slaves, the murder, the imprisonment of men who dared to aid in restoring to Southern men their property is no wrong. The raid of John Brown, the murder upon Southern soil of peaceable and unoffending citizens is no crime.

The nullification of the laws of Congress, intended to secure the enforcement of the Constitutional right of the Southern citizens, is no wrong.

The refusal to deliver up fugitive negro thieves, is no wrong.

The burning of Southern towns and poisoning of Southern wells,[2] is no wrong.

The attempt to incite our slaves to insurrection is no wrong.

The attempt to close the gateway of immigration against the negro, to drive the working-man into the territories and leave the land of our fathers to the negro is no wrong.

The attempt to break down the political barriers which separate the races and bring to a level, is no wrong.

The attempt to bring upon the South the terrors of a St. Domingo,[3] no wrong.

All these things are no wrong in the estimation of some, a few only we trust, of those who dare insult Southern men by calling themselves "Southern rights, Union men." There may be some who make such assertions through ignorance, but if there be any who recklessly use them to drown the indignant feelings of Southern men, let them not "lay the flattering unction to their souls" that they will be able much longer to hide their real character from the Southern people.

We know well that the great mass of the Union party are actuated by the purest and holiest motives. We honor them for the patriotic feeling by which we know they are animated. But for those who have taken shelter under the wing of honest men and who, as the prospects of Southern deliverance from the fangs of a fanatical party, gnash their teeth in rage and threaten us with the horrors of Helperism, we tell them beware lest the fall into the pit which they would dig for Southern men. The white men of Tennessee, all, ALL are masters.[4] They will never be slaves; no not if the equals of those who haven been slaves; no not if our rivers shall run red with blood.

The Weekly Union and American, (Nashville), February 11, 1861.[5]

        11, Destitute Confederate soldiers and their families to be provided for by the State of Tennessee; the Volunteer State's Civil War welfare system

CHAPTER 52. An Act to provide for the families of Indigent Soldiers.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That the sum of four hundred and fifty thousand dollars annually, for the years 1862 and 1863, be and the same is hereby appropriated for the relief of the families of indigent soldiers now in service of the State of Tennessee, or theConfederate service from this State.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That to raise said fund the whole amount of revenue now in the treasury, or which may hereafter be paid into the treasury, for the above named years, from any and all sources for common school purposes, except the sum of one hundred thousand dollars per annum, and all property and monies accruing to the school fund from escheats, and two thousand dollars in lieu of land tax, is hereby appropriated; and there is hereby levied an annual tax for the years 1862 and 1863, of nine cents on each one hundred dollars' worth of property in this State, now subject to tax by law; twenty-five cents on each one hundred dollars' worth of merchandise purchased for sale, whether in or out of the State, and twenty-five per cent additional tax upon all other privileges; said tax to be collected and paid into the treasury of the State, as the other revenue of the State now is, by the Revenue Collectors of the several counties, for which said Collectors shall receive one-fourth of the commissions allowed them for collecting other taxes.

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That said fund shall be paid by the Treasury, quarterly in advance, out of any monies, not otherwise appropriated, to the order of the County Trustees for the several counties of this State, in proportion to the number of indigent families, and the number in each family, to be ascertained as hereinafter provided.

SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That the Judge, or Chairman of the County Court, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and their successors in office, for each county, be and they are hereby constituted a "Board ex officio," one of who shall be Secretary for each county to be called the "Board of Relief," for the families of indigent soldiers, whose duty it shall be to appoint one of more Commissioners in each Civil District in the county, or each ward in any city, but not to exceed three in any one district or ward, and to perform such other duties as are imposed by this Act, and in the event of the failure or refusal of the above named officers in any county to act on said Board, the Governor of the State shall appoint three citizens of such county, who shall constitute the Board.

SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of such Commissioners in each civil district or ward to ascertain the number of indigent families, and members of such families of soldiers in the service from their respective districts or wards, as soon after the passage of this act as possible, and quarterly thereafter, and make respective reports, on oath to said board by the first day of March, or as soon as practicable, and quarterly thereafter; and it shall be the duty of said Board immediately to report the whole number of indigent families, and members of said families, of soldiers in the service from such county, to the Treasurer of the State, which shall be filed in his office.

SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, that it shall be the duty of the County Trustee to pay over monthly, upon the warrant of the Chairman of said Board, countersigned by the Secretary, to said Commissioners in each district or ward, to be ascertained by said Board which shall be applied by such Commissioners to the support of such indigent families, having due regard to the number in the families, their condition and necessities.

SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Commissioners to make quarterly settlements, on oath with said Board, showing the evidences of the disbursement of the funds so audited to them; and it shall be the duty of said Board to keep a record of such settlements in a well bound book, to be kept for that purpose.

SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That the County Trustees of each county in this State are hereby required to enter into bond and security, to be approved of by the County Court, for the faithful performance of the duties required by this Act; and said Trustees shall receive one-half of one per cent. on the sums received and paid out by them, as compensation for the services herein required of them.

SEC. 9. Be it further enacted, That the families of soldiers who are killed, or who die while in the service, shall be entitled to the benefits of this Act, for the time that said soldier had enlisted, and the families of widows, who have sons in the service, upon whose labor said families are dependent, are also entitled to its benefits.

SEC 10. Be it further enacted, That to meet the exigencies of the present year, the Governor is hereby authorized to borrow, for the use of the Treasury, the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars from the Bank of Tennessee, and to issue Coupon Bonds to the President and Directors of said Bank, to the amount so borrowed, having ten years to run, with the privilege of payment at any time within that time, and bearing interest at the rate of six per cent. per annum, payable on the first day of January and the first day of July of each year, at the counter of said Bank, at Nashville, which sum shall be apportioned and paid out by the Treasurer to the several County Trustees as provided in this Act.

SEC. 11. Be it further enacted, That if any of the County Courts of this State have borrowed or otherwise raided, or expended money for the purpose of supporting the families of indigent soldiers, for the present year, it shall be lawful for said Board appointed under this Act, to reimburse the counties for monies so expended, out of the money received under the provisions of this Act. And it shall be also lawful for such County Courts of this State as have levied a tax for the year 1862, for the purposes aforesaid, to rescind the order or Act levying such tax.

SEC. 12. Be it further enacted, That this Act will take effect from and after its passage.

EDWIN A. KEEBLE, Speaker of House of Representatives.

EDWARD S. CHEATHAM, Speaker of the Senate

Passed February 11, 1862.

Public Acts of the State of Tennessee…1861-1862, pp. 66-69.[6]

11, Shaming young men into joining the Confederate army

A "Broomstick Battalion."—We learn from a lady friend that a project is on foot among the gentler sex of Memphis, to organize a "broomstick battalion" for the especial protection of such young gentlemen as are indisposed to enlist in the military service for the protection of their country. Nice young men that attend "small tea parties," wear kid gloves, and have their hair dressed five or six times a week by the barber, will receive their particular attention.

Memphis Daily Appeal, February 11, 1862.

        11, Brigade commanders of Hardee's Corps ordered to equip commands with any available arms

CIRCULAR. HDQRS. HARDEE'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE, Tullahoma, Tenn., February 11, 1863.

Brigade commanders will at once arm their brigades with such arms as the corps ordnance officer may be able to provide, the object being to complete the arming of the command. Improved arms will be substituted for these issues as soon as they can be procured.

By command of Lieut.-Gen. Hardee:

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 23, pt. II, p. 632.

        11, Request for U. S. Navy gunboat to be sent to mouth of Stones River to destroy enemy ferries

[Telegram to Lieutenant-Commander LeRoy Fitch]

Murfreesboro, February 11, 1863

The general commanding desires you to send a gunboat to mouth of Stone's [sic] River, to destroy enemy ferriage [sic] at that place.

Colonel [William] Truesdail, chief of army police, Nashville, will furnish a man to show where boats are concealed.

C. Goddard, Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff

NOTE-Stone's [sic] River is about 20 miles above Nashville. The gunboats frequently visited the place and above, hunting for ferries and flats. Those in Stone's Rive [sic] can not [sic] be gotten at by gunboats; it is not navigable. I Colonel Truesdail knew the whereabouts of those flats, it was his duty to destroy them.

Navy OR, Ser. I, Vol. 24, p. 32.

        11, Lt. A. J. Lacy's letter home to his wife, father and mother

Collumbia [sic] Maury Co Tenn Feb 11th 1863

My dear and most affectionate wife

and also my Father and Mother [sic]

I seat myself to write a few lines to you. I received your letters dated Jan the 30th 63. I was exceedingly glad to hear from you all. I got a pare [sic] of socks that Capt Matheny brought me. I got that letter that you sent by Mr [sic] Clinton. Them [sic] gloves that Mother sent by Mr Davis [sic]. I want a pare [sic] of pants from home if I can get them and Lt [sic] Drapers [sic] uniform coat if he will sell it.

The Yankees is in 12 mi [sic] of here and is advanceing [sic] this way. Col Dibrel [sic] told me yesterday that our Regt would go up the country about the 1st of March if this order is not conter-manded [sic] which is liable to be done. I have no idea when I will be at home Father. Capt [sic] Matheny said you talked a while like comeing [sic] to see me. I would like to see you in Collumbia this rainney [sic] evning [sic]. I would give a $20 bill to see you here this evening. I must change the subject.

Capt Woolsy has not com [sic] this co [sic] since December. Lt [sic] William Wood has been in com[mand] of the co. [sic] Wee [sic] are on picket this evening. Wee [sic] are a guarding the ferry here at Duck River. I am commanding the co to day [sic].

Camp life is the place to find out a man [sic]. Lt [sic] Wood is a fine a man as I ever saw. I want you to change that fine boys [sic] name and call him William Wood in place of Woolsy. G H [sic] Grims is a find a man as I ever saw. P E Mathene [sic] an all our boys is fine fellows. The boys all seams [sic] to think well of me.

Understant [sic] that L G has brouihgt [sic] hium a Colts [sic] rifle. I have brouight [sic] me a navy at 95 dollars in December. I dont [sic] have to carry a gun. Father I captured me a splendid [sword?] at Trenton. I throwed my old saber [sic] away. Father I expect to draw money in a few weeks and I will send you some more money. I want you to keep a hand hired [sic] if you can all the time.

Wee [sic] have a song in camps [illegible] the Happy Land of Canan. It is a pretty song.

Mother I often think when shall wee [sic] all meet again. It is conquor [sic] or die for if we are conquereed [sic] I never can live in this land any longer but if I am blessed with life and health and wee [sic] gain our indipendence [sic] I hope that I will live to return home and see many days of pleasure with you all. I think of home often. When I am far away I feel verry [sic] lonesome a way [sic] from you all in a distant land. Mother I want you to remember me while I am in a distland [sic] land from you.

I got me [sic] a splendid supper to night [sic] for fifty cts [sic] in Collumbia [sic]. I must close for the present. Write evry [sic] chance you can. Direct your letter to Lt A J. Lacy, Col G. G. Dibrell's Reg[iment] 8th Tenn [sic] Cavalry. I must close: [sic]

Lacy Correspondence.

        11, Dollar value of smuggled goods interdicted by the Army Police

We were surprised to learn the other day from Col. Truesdail, the efficient Chief of the Army Police, that the contraband and smuggled goods captured by his detectives in this department and turned over to the Government authorities, amounts to about $300,000. Of the article of quinine alone, about $10,000 worth has been captured. These facts show that a heavy contraband trade has been attempted to be carried on.

Nashville Dispatch, February 11, 1863.

        11, Army Police refuse to assist in the capture of a runaway slave

Army Police Proceedings.

Before the Chief of Army Police, Nashville, Feb. 10.--The matter of Mrs. R. J. Story and her negroes had been before the Chief of Police several times within a few days.

It seems, from the evidence brought out, that two colored women belonging to Mrs. Story had rented a house and were living on the corner of Union and Cherry streets; that two or three days ago, Mrs. Story went to the house and said to the younger of the women that she must go with her to Shelbyville. The girl said she did not wish to go. Mrs. Story said it made no difference—she must get her things immediately. The girl then went upstairs, and not coming down when directed, she was sent for. The girl then went out upon the top of the house, and being still followed, jumped from the top of the house to the ground, with her child (which, it may be mentioned, is white) in her arms, injuring the child and herself severely. Mrs. Story caught her upon the ground, but after a struggle the girl effected her escape. Mrs. S. desired the aid of the Army Police in obtaining her servants, but it could not be given. Besides, it appears that Mrs. S. has attempted to get goods smuggled through the lines. The Chief of Police does not lend his services to fugitive slave catchers, and especially those who are at the same time committing high crimes in attempting to evade the military regulations.

Nashville Dispatch, February 11, 1863.

        11, "One sixth of this regiment have died from sickness-they die almost every day." A hostile interpretation "Genera1 Order No. 48," Confederate Medical Regulations by a Confederate surgeon at Cumberland Gap

Medical Regulations and Hospitals-No.2.

Cumberland Gap, Feb. 11th, 1863.

The Secretary of War, with the approval of the President, is authorized by law to make all necessary rules for the regulation of detail of every department of the services. It is upon this authority that the general regulations of the Confederate army, including those of the Medical Department, rest As I am informed, the order requiring the Surgeon to certify that is it "absolutely necessary" for the recovery of the patient that he be furloughed, emanated from the Secretary of War. If it has the approval of the President, as the law requires, the order is binding. Though it is not to be regarded as a matter of course, that every order issued by the Secretary of War, either has or required the approval of the President, yet I do not doubt the validity of this order. But there is room for very serious doubt whether the war Department ever intended such a construction as is daily practice here. The order certainly had an object in view. That object was certainly to avoid the evil and mischief of sending men home on the ground of sickness when there was no reasonable necessity for it, and called on the officers to use extreme caution in this matter. The order certainly did not mean to put an end to sick furloughs-that sweep away from the right to them of those who may reasonably claim them on the ground of sickness. And yet, to wait until there is an "absolute necessity" for it-until the last of hope of giving relief "in camps" is absolutely vanquished-such delay as this, I say, is a substantial obliteration of the right to apply for furloughs on the ground of sickness. No reasonable man will say that the Secretary of War intended such a thing. I do not mean to question his right, (I mean his legal right,) with the approval of the President, to say that no sick man shall go home at all upon the ground of sickness. It is in his discretion, and there is no restraint imposed upon him by law. The question is, to that extent he intended to exercise that right in the order referred to. It is too plain to require argument that the Secretary of War did not intend to obliterate this right in regard to a single individual-so often exercised for the safety of life and the good of the service-whatever limitation he may have intended to impose on its exercise.

Let me ask another question in regard to the Secretary of War in issuing this order. Did he intend that death should result form the practical working of this order?  If he intended death should result from it, or thought death would result from it, (which is the same thing,) what class of individuals did he thus intend to murder? Or in what class of diseased did he intent to play the part of an accessory "before the fact," which while disease plays the principal? I would be free the Secretary of War from all such imputations-he neither intended death, not did he believe that death would result from it. But can the Surgeon, when he consults his conscience and judgment, say that if a discretion, wide enough to cover the cases that come before him, and had been allowed him, he could not have saved the lives of many who are now dead. I have no more doubt to what his answer would be, and I have as to my own. The Secretary of War did not mean to kill anybody, nor did he intend he believe that death would result from it. But can the Surgeon, when he consults his conscience and judgment, say that if a discretion, wide enough to cover the cases that come before him, had been allowed him, he could not have saved the lives of many who are now dead? I have no more doubts as to what his answer would be, that I have as to my own. The Secretary of War did not mean to kill anybody, nor did he intent to issue an order for that purpose; but some of his agents, criminally disposed, of for want of intelligence to interpret the order sent to them, have done that thing. This is not lightly spoken. The language used is strong, but the grievance complained of is serious.

I have considered the question, and feel prepared to say, that as many as fifty men in this regiment have died-victims to the construction placed upon the  "absolute necessity" rule at this point.

I have considered the question, and feel prepared to say, that as many as fifty men in this regiment have died-victims to the construction placed upon the "absolute necessity rule at this point.

For the purpose of illustrating the practical working of the order here, allowing me to introduce two examples-privates in Company G., Captain Mitchell, of this regiment. And I expect to prove to the satisfaction of any reasonable, unprejudiced mind that these two men were made victims to the absolute necessity rule.-The proof, in one particular, will be presumptive-but it rests upon the highest presumptive evidence.

At Blain's Cross Roads, in East Tennessee, about 15 miles from Knoxville, a young man of about twenty-five years was seen to be declining and gradually growing weak. Application was made for a furlough about the 25th of October. The Surgeon replied that he could not give the required certificates of "absolute necessity." for his recovery. There was some chance to cure him in camp. Here the matter ended from necessity. The Colonel detailed him to drive a wagon to Lenoir's Station thinking to give him relief. At his point application for a furlough was renewed on the 2nd of Nov. The same reply was given. The "absolute necessity" required did not exist-There the matter ended, and a furlough was despaired of. The Surgeon decided to send him to the hospital at Knoxville to receive the inhospitable treatment  of freezing or starving. This young man was not prostrated by disease-was not even confined to his quarters, though persons less scrupulous in the discharge of duty would have been prostrate. But he was in such a condition as to make it reasonably certain, that he could do no valuable service for four or six weeks.

The father of this young man was notified of his condition, and went immediately to his relief, He found him alive, but almost froze [sic] . He rendered his son as comfortably, by the use of warm bricks, as he could, giving him every attention that a deeply interested father could. The relief from the source was of short duration. He survived only to recognize the kind regard of him who was present to watch over the last and dying moments of his kind, affectionate and dutiful son. Never did kind parents lose a son more respectful, obedient and good; never did he wife lose a truer, more devoted husband, or the Confederate army a better soldier. He was ever ready to do his duty. He never murmured. Without a mummer he died-a victim to the rule of "absolute" necessity."

The 2d example occurred in the same company soon after the death above mentioned.-This was a young associate of less than twenty years-a bright example of retiring modesty. He was always reserved, seldom, or never asked for his rights-they must generally be tendered him by some kind friend. Though of delicate constitution, he made the march to Kentucky and back, not less than 400 miles, with a murmur. After arriving at this place, an application was made for a furlough. The remark was then made, by his immediate commanding officer, that unless he secured a furlough he would follow his much-lamented associate. I fully concurred in that opinion. One application was returned because the surgeon had ailed to dot an i; another had been "respectfully" returned because a t had not been crossed; and finally, all applications were overwhelmed by "Genera Order No. 48" from the War Department, and retuned because the "absolute necessity" rule did not apply to the case. This No. 48 is stereotyped on the minds of all. They dream the night is 48 hours long, and think the day so too. Thy think it 48 to the hospital at Knoxville, and the same distance to certain destruction!-This young man was not prostrated by disease-he was not confined to his quarters, though less scrupulous persons might have been.- The surgeon could not notify that he never would get well without going home; he could not certify that he would die or continue sick if he remained in camp. To certify that t is "absolute necessary" for his recovery that he have a furlough, is the same thing as to say that he will die, or continue sick in camp. He was then sent to the hospital at Knoxville.- How he fared while there I have never been informed, but it is no violent presumption to suppose that he did not live in a palace. In a short time this excellent young man, upon whose character there rests not a blemish as an individual, as a man, or as a soldier in defence of his country, gave up his quiet and inoffensive life. He lived, as I presume he died, without a murmur-a perfect model of goodness-a victim to the role of  "absolute necessity."  Now, what is the argument? These two young men were dangerously sick, though not sick enough to come within the purviews of the "absolutely necessary" rule; they exhausted the means to get a furlough, and the best that could be done was to send them to the hospital; where they died. The only question that remains is: would they have lived had they gone home? I will say upon this point, that they were able to go without assistance the last time they applied, their homes were of the most pleasant character, furnishing good lodging, suitable diet, all the medical attention necessary, and the great, rich blessing of interested, kind and affectionate fathers, mothers and sisters. My opinion is they would both have been alive today, and able to assume their duties.

I have a holy, religious horror for the working of such rules. These cases are not isolated or colored, but real pictures. Two excellent young men and soldiers are gone!-their bodies to the grave, and their spirits, if I may be allowed to express an opinion, to Him who gave them. Their fathers and mothers have lost two noble sons, of whose character they may well be proud; sisters have suffered the irreparable loss of affectionate brothers.

The following are a few brief facts to which I wish to call attention. One sixth of this regiment have died from sickness-they die almost every day. It is almost impossible together a furlough here under existing rules-the hospitals, considering the means of transportation, are over half way home; when attained they are cold, cheerless house, simply weatheboarded in many instances, without stoves or fire places in many instances-no suitable food, no careful, interested nurses, and scanty supply of bed linen. We get no recruits from hospitals; they get no furlough there, they are general transferred thence to the grace yard. This is the rule, and there are exceptions in this regiment.- Post Surgeons will sometimes say to the officers of the line-"send me no more dying men." I do not attach blame to the managers of the hospitals generally. The necessary hospital supplies, I presume, cannot be had, and in some instances the supply accessible is badly applied. I do not speak for any portion of the army except where I have been-about my own door.

My communication is already too long. I must close, hoping that the present rules may be so modified, or such new ones adopted as will save the wanton and unnecessary destruction of the lives of our best men; hoping that the usual precaution of some of our officers in sending their horses off in good health to get them well fed and well housed, may be applied to the soldiers after their health has become already very much impaired. For fear I may be charged with not furnishing a better rule than the one I object to, which is so bad you cannot devise a worse one, let me ask this question: When it is reasonably certain-when it is the deliberate opinion of two Surgeons, that a man will not be able to do service under 30 days, would it not be better, in every sense of the word and for all parties concerned, for that man to go home? My uniform opinion has been and is now, it would. One may say, "it is injurious to the service." That is a great deal easier said than proved. I can say it is not. The charge is too general. It can neither be proved nor disproved. The decision would be the opinion of an individual only, and opinions may be and are various. It may be urged: "this rule is subject to abuse." I admit it. What rule is not? The present rule is not exempt from this objection. The presence of officers at home, looking after absentees, and public sentiment are good, if not efficient restraints upon its abuse. While the absent man is sick we don't want him; and when he gets well, the community will not have him.

For hospitals, I would suggest the following as a fundamental rule: Let the be a temporary lodging place-1st, for those too feeble to go home, until they die or get able to go; 2d. For sick until they can get transportation home. I leave this last rule to a vote of all who are personally interested-a patriotic, intelligent set of men-the strength and support of the cause of the country-and if they fail to ratify it by a majority of nine tenths, I will withdraw it; and every officer, from a 3d Lieutenant, to the President, may vote provided they will agree to take to the hospitals under the same rules, and that the same fare when they get there, that control the privates. I may write you again on the subject of these two rules.[7]

A Member of the 55th Ga.

Atlanta Confederacy please copy.

Macon Daily Telegraph, February 18, 1863.

11, Report on Juvenile War Games at Shieldstown, Knoxville environs

Boy Soldiers.—A correspondent of the Philadelphia Press, writing from Blain's Cross Roads, Tenn., says: Across a little creek is a place they called Shieldstown. The spirit of war is among the boys of six, eight, and ten years old, and the fight raged fiercely between the Shieldstowners and Knoxvillers. They used slings and Minie balls, which they used with great dexterity. They had camp fires built along in a line. Every morning each party appeared on its own side of the stream, drawn up in array, ammunition was distributed out of a bag, fifteen rounds to the man, and they commenced. Old soldiers of the 9th Corps, who have been through many a storm of shot and shell, kept at a respectable distance as they hurled their Minies with vigor. One day the Shieldstowners made a charge at the single plank that crossed the stream, the Knoxvillers ran, all except one little fellow about eight years old, who stood at the end of the plank, swearing oaths like Parrott shells, calling them cowards, and, by a vigorous discharge of Minies, repulsed the assault. The casualties amounted to bruises and cuts in all parts of the body, rather serious to look at, or to think what they might have been; but every little fellow was proud of his wound. So it went on for several days, when one bright morning, as they were drawn up in full fighting array, and only awaited signal to commence, suddenly appeared some women in rear of each; a half dozen were caught up, severely spanked, and led off. The rest were disconcerted and dispersed.

New Orleans Daily Picayune, February 11, 1864. [8]

        11, Defeat of public transportation plans in Nashville

Street Railways. - Our readers have been already made aware of the fact that the bill for the establishment of a street railway was defeated in the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday Afternoon, on its third reading, as under existing circumstances, probably very properly. The following is the amendment which Alderman Knowles proposed to add to the bill, in order to guard against imposing upon the city expensive lawsuits and damages, resulting from an exercise of power which he claimed the City Council does not posses:

"It is expressly understood, conditioned, and stipulated, however, that the privileges encumbered in this act, are not guaranteed to grantees by the City Council but they are to be regarded by all who may be interested as entirely dependent upon the decisions of the proper judicial tribunals of the country, if the legality of the act shall hereafter be contested. This City Council also, disavows and disclaims all or any authority to bind their successors in office to acknowledge or regard it."

Efforts were yesterday being made to call a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen this afternoon to reconsider this matter, with the hope that it will pass. We suspect, however, that it will be too late, as the military authorities have already got ties and sleepers along Broad street, and two or three boat loads of railroad iron already on it was hither, for the purpose of allying down tracks from the upper wharf to the Chattanooga depot. If others wanted, the will no doubt be laid by the same authority, and thus obviate the necessity of further discussing the matter.

Nashville Dispatch, February 11, 1864.

        11, Escaping the "murderous assaults, revolting insults, and wholesale robberies of the thieving Arabs under Longstreet's command." A newspaper report on the plight of East Tennesseans fleeing the Confederate army in East Tennessee

Our Trip Over the Mountains.

From three to five thousand men, women and children, some on foot, some in wagons and carts, and others on packed mules and horses, were pressing through the deep gorges of the mountains, making their escapes through every possible gap from the murderous assaults, revolting insults, and wholesale robberies of the thieving Arabs under Longstreet's command. No adequate idea of the mass of Union refugees fleeing from their more than savage pursuers to places of safety in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana can be formed, unless the sight could have been seen.-

Thousands of panic stricken Unionists simultaneously deserted their houses, in the midst of indiscriminate robberies, insult and outrage, and more than savage barbarites. All this distracted multitude, form the wide area of thirty two counties, on the high ways and by-ways, hiding now in sloughs, and in the river hills, and in the woods, in the rear of plantations, some famishing for provisions, others suffering from cold, all dreading the approach of the infuriated, but the thieving, murderous cavalry of a rebel army.-  They had left their homes and their all, generally without money, and such as had any, had Southern funds, which were utterly worthless.-We gave small sums of money to several parties and regretted that it was not in our power to relieve all. The imagination, faint and aghast, turns from this pictures in dismay and gloom!-We can never forget the sufferers and the appearance they presented. And we can assure  the distant reader that many were unavailing tears that fell unseen to the ground from this scattered army of helpless infancy, reduced by perjured villains in uniform, by scoundrels in legislative assemblies, and their murderous legions, to a life of abject poverty and cheerless gloom!

On our return we staid for the night, in company with Messrs. Temple and Netherland, at the foot of Pin Mountain, in Campbell county, where the rebel soldiers murdered Zack Campbell, an old infirm man, in his 67th year, and knocked his wife in the head with the butt of a musket, an old lady in her 65th year, for the offense of being on the side of the Union. In the same county, and only a few miles distant, we visited the house of old man Perkins, whose son, Esquire Perkins, and his son in Law, were arrested, and brought into Powell's Valley and shot down in cold blood, for the crime of being on the side of the Union.

Throughout every county in East Tennessee, old and young were shot down in their yards and their fields; parents were cruelly murdered in the presence of their children, and the latter were denied the poor privilege of burying them, all classes were robbed and plundered, after the most approved style of plundering Arabs. And although the fair fields of this once flourishing and happy county have been crimsoned with the blood of its murdered people, and although the sky has been lighted up with the blaze of burning dwellings and long-cherished homes, by the light of which the affrighted patriots fled from their merciless pursuers, and the still more merciless terrors that beset the paths of their glorious women, many of them only to fall victims to the monsters who fight the damning battles of Jeff Davis, and his legions of pirates, they have through all these ups and downs, avowed their undying devotion to the laws and constitution of the United States, and the banner of beauty and glory that waves in triumph over our battlefields!

It is perhaps due to the public, in light of an example, that the scheme so infernal as that of secession, culminating in the deliberate murder, in cold blood, or unarmed men, women and children, without a moments warning, in a manner so cruel as that carried out by the thieving military bands at Rebeldom, should never be wound up without the death of the corrupt leaders, and the inhuman citizens who urged on this policy. In this infernal conspiracy, the entire Southern population of rebels, including their female women, have displayed the true elements of their savage natures. National enmity to law and order, is the ruling passion of these wicked people, and of this semi-savage race of negro drivers. With all loyal men, in all time to come, the leaders of this rebellion will be remembered as enemies of God and man, and to their country; and by the generations that come after us, they will be regarded as monster in human proportions. May theirs be those of so many ignominious deaths, and may their accursed fates be a warning to all conspirators against law and order, civilization and progress, religion and virtue, whether among civilized or savage races, mean white folks, or filthy Southern negroes!

We beg leave, in concluding this article, in all the candor and honesty of a man, to say that this pictures of the cruelties and atrocities of these murderers in East Tennessee, falls below the reality. And in no single instance has the so-called Confederacy, or its authorities ever punished any man for any one of the offenses perpetrated. When scoundrels have been arrested and imprisoned, for unprovoked murders, the rebel authorities have gone to the jails and forced the doors, released the criminals, and told them to go and do the same things over!

The Farmers' Cabinet, February 11, 1864.

        11-12, Confederates burn fortifications at Strawberry Plains [see February 12, 1864, Scout on Sevierville Road below]

        11-26, Advance on Smith's column at Collierville to Okalona, Mississippi[9]

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 32, pt. I, Vol. 32, pp. 177, 255.

        11-28, Incidents associated with the Meridian Expedition taking place in West Tennessee

HDQRS. SECOND NEW JERSEY CAVALRY, Camp Grierson, near Memphis, Tenn., March 16, 1864.

SIR: In compliance with orders from brigade headquarters to furnish an official report of the part taken by my command in the expedition into Mississippi, I have the honor to state as follows:

On the 11th February, 1864, at 2 p. m., broke camp at Collierville, Tenn., 494 enlisted strong, and marched 10 miles toward Moscow, where we halted near the railroad to supply the command with commissary and quartermaster's stores.

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February 25, we reached Collierville.

26th, we crossed Wolf River, got some forage for horses and food for men.

27th, we reached within 3½ miles of Memphis, where on the 28th a sudden cold storm had a pernicious effect upon my horses, which, exhausted by long and continual marching since December 22, 1863, and previous to this date the transportation from Washington, D. C., to Columbus, Ky., had rendered for the most part unserviceable.

The regiment lost by death of the march and in camp the majority of its horses, and of the remaining 161 only 55 can be called serviceable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOSEPH KARGE, Col., Cmdg. Second New Jersey Cavalry.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 32, pt. I, pp 283-285.

Reports of Lieut. Col. Joseph C. Hess, Nineteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, of operations January 22-February 17.

HDQRS. NINETEENTH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY, Collierville, Tenn., February 10, 1864.

LIEUT.: I have the honor to forward the inclosed journal as my report of the march from Union City, Tenn., to this place.

The march was commenced January 22 and concluded February 8, 1864. No incident worthy of note occurred. Our command was frequently fired by guerrillas, but no loss was met with. Our train reached us at Bolivar entire, and, with the exception of some stock, the march was made without loss.

Respectfully submitted.

J. C. HESS, Lieut. Col., Cmdg. Nineteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry.


Journal of the march of the Nineteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry from Union City, Tenn., to Collierville, Tenn., January 22 to February 8, 1864:

Friday, January 22, left Union City, Tenn., en route for Collierville, Tenn. Encamped for the night 5 miles beyond Troy. Distance marched, 15 miles.

Saturday, January 23, left camp at 4 a. m. Crossed the Obion River in a flat-boat. Boat capsized, and 7 horses were lost. Afterward in crossing the swamp, 23 horses were lost, making a total loss of 30.

Distance marched, 13 miles.

Sunday, January 24, was spent by the command in waiting for the balance of the regiment to cross the Obion. Encamped at Porter's farm.

Monday, January 25, encamped at Porter's farm.

Tuesday, January 26, left Porter's farm and marched via Newbern and Yorkville to within 5 miles of Trenton. Distance marched, 24 miles.

Wednesday, January 27, broke camp and marched via Trenton, and took the Spring Creek road. Distance marched, 17 miles.

Thursday, January 28, broke camp and marched 35 miles. During the day the command frequently crossed the Forked Deer. The advance and rear guard were fired upon.

Friday, January 29, broke camp and marched to Mount Pinson. Distance, 8 miles.

Saturday, January 30, encamped at Mount Pinson. Engaged in repairing the bridge across the North Fork.

Sunday, January 31, encamped at Mount Pinson.

Monday, February 1, encamped at Mount Pinson.

Tuesday, February 2, encamped at Mount Pinson.

Wednesday, February 3, left Mount Pinson and marched to the Hatchie. Distance, 30 miles. Command crossed the same night, and encamped at Bolivar.

Thursday, February 4, encamped at Bolivar.

Friday, February 5, encamped at Bolivar.

Saturday, February 6, broke camp and marched to Kennedy's Mills. Distance, 4 miles.

Sunday, February 7, left Kennedy's Mills and marched to within 5 miles of Macon. Distance marched, 28 miles.

Monday, February 8, marched to Collierville. Distance, 13 miles.

J. C. HESS, Lieut.-Col. Nineteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 32, pt. I, pp. 285-286.

11, Restoring confidence of the people in Alexandria environs


Nashville, Tenn., March 11, 1865

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X. The Fourth Tennessee Mounted Infantry, Lieut. Col. J. H. Blackburn commanding, will report to Alexandria, Tenn., and take post at that place. Col. Blackburn will exert himself to restore confidence to the people and destroy the guerrillas now infesting that region. All of the latter which his forces may capture will be turned over for trial to the civil authorities of the counties in which they are captured, provided that there are such civil authorities organized; otherwise they will be tried by military commission.

  By command of Maj.-Gen. Thomas:

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SOUTHARD HOFFMAN,  Maj. and Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 49, pt. I, pp. 891-892.

        11, Newspaper report relative to guerrilla activity in the Memphis environs

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Important from Memphis-Special to the Republican.

Cairo, March 3,- Guerrillas have never been so numerous or troublesome as at present around Memphis. A few miles up the river on last Tuesday, they captured a raft of lumber 12 miles above Memphis. The parties on the raft escaped in a skiff when the guerrillas took possession, robbed of everything and then set it on fire and started it down stream. It was met by the packet boat Pocahontas and saved, the fire doing but little damage. The gang then left, stating they were Capt. Earles' scouts.

On the same day [3rd] the guerrillas visited the house of Joseph Dunbar, and mile and a half outside the Memphis picket line, and taking him a short distance they tied him up and whipped him severely.

The same gang robbed the supply store of Thomas Baxter and shot two negroes, one whom has since died.[10]

On the Hernando road, and within two miles of the city, another gang of thirty guerrillas visited last Sunday night, the residence of Mr. Giles, conscripting his two sons.

Near the above place they visited the house of Thomas Duncan, robbed him and then set fire in his house and conscripted a man by the name of Williams.

The houses of Mr. Brooks and Chas. Welford were also robbed and burned.

Thirty bales of Government cotton were burned within three miles of Memphis on the Arkansas side.

Within two four miles of Memphis they burned nine bales of Government cotton and whipped two negroes to death. The Government boat Naugatuck is reported sunk by guerrillas last Monday [1st], at the home of Mr. Justus near Duncan's wagon yard.

On last Saturday night [February 5th] the guerrillas captured seven or eight cotton buyers and robbed them of all they had.

By order of Gen Dana, Lieut. Chas. H. Hare, Co. I, 7th Indiana Cavalry, is dismissed from service, four marauding, pillaging and philandering

New Orleans Times, March 11, 1865


[1] Hinton Rowan Helper (December 27-March 8, 1909) was a Southern critic of slavery during the 1850s. In 1857, he published a book which he dedicated to the "nonslaveholding whites" of the South. The Impending Crisis of the South argued that slavery worked against the economic prospects of non-slaveholders, and was a barrier to the growth of the entire South. The book, which was a combination of statistical charts and inflamatory prose, might have been disregarded if abolitionists had not reprinted it, leading to paranoid furor in parts of the South, where authorities forbade its possession and distribution, burning all copies that could be found. Between 1857 and 1861 nearly 150, 000 copies of the book were circulated, and in 1860 the Republican party distributed it as a campaign document.

[2] This claim seems more hysterical than historical.

[3] Haiti was a French colony known as St. Domingo. The Haitian Revolution in 1791-1804, against the French, which resulted in the first negro republic in the Western Hemisphere. The revolution was a bloody one, with many whites having been killed. The Haitian revolution was a source of great horror to planters who feared a similar insurrection might take place in the South.

[4] Not all. A wide majority of Tennessee white male heads of households, from 60% to 75%, were not slave-owners and so were not masters. The writer was using the fear of blacks to convince nonslaveholders that the maintenance of slavery was in their interests.

[5] TSL&A, 19th CN.

[6] Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, Passed at the First & Second Sessions of the THIRTY-FOURTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY, For the Years 1861-62, (Nashville: Griffith, Camp & Co. State Printers Union and American Office, 1862), pp. 66-69.

[7] If the good surgeon did write further there seems to be no record of it.

[9] All action took place in Mississippi.

[10] Such behavior as is described, whipping, shooting, setting homes on fire, seem to be precursors to the tactics of the Ku Klux Klan in the near future.


James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

(615)-770-1090 ext. 123456

(615)-532-1549  FAX



James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

(615)-770-1090 ext. 123456

(615)-532-1549  FAX


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