Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 16 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

U.S.N. gunboat
16, U.S.N. gunboat captures pig iron on Cumberland river

No circumstantial reports filed. 
Excerpt from the Report of Fleet Captain Pennock, U.S. Navy, transmitting prize lists of certain vessels of the squadron
Mississippi Squadron, Flagship Black Hawk
Mound City, September 21, 1864
Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith prized lists of the following vessels belonging to this squadrons:
U.S.S. Brilliant, for the capture of a lot of pig iron at Betsytown Landing, Tenn., December 16, 1863.
* * * *
A.M. Pennock, Fleet Captain and Commandant of Station
NOR, Ser. I, Vol. 26, p. 562.

ca. 16, Report of Lieutenant-Commander Fitch, U.S. Navy, regarding the destruction of distilleries on the Cumberland River.
U.S.S. Moose
Dover, December 17, 1863
I have the honor to report that on my way down the river I landed at Seen-Mile Island and went out back about 2 miles with a force and destroyed a distillery belonging t Dr. Lyle. This distillery has been the means of causing boats to be fired into to, being a sort of rendezvous for guerrillas. There were several guerrillas at the distillery at the time, but, being mounted, they escaped us.
At Palmyra I also landed with a force and destroyed another distillery about 5 miles back. Guerrillas had staid [sic] here the night back. The latter distillery was owned by a man by the name of Nolan.
Le Roy Fitch, Lieutenant-Commander
Navy OR, Ser. I, Vol. 25, p.p. 641-642

16, Circus benefit for the poor during the battle of Nashville
The Circus will give a performance to-night for the benefit of the poor of the city. This fact alone ought to crowd th tent, and there can be no doubt but the proprietors will be rewarded generously.
Nashville Dispatch, December 16, 1864.

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