Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 24 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

24, Patriotic Secessionist Sacrifice at Mary Sharp College Graduation 
Home Spun at the Mary Sharp [College].
It has already been mentioned in the Baptist that the Graduating Class of the Mary Sharp College appeared and read their Essays in home made cotton dresses. This was a pleasant surprise to most of the Trustees as well as the strangers present. It was designed to be emblematical of the intention of these young women to make themselves all that the present condition of our country may require her daughters to be. We have since heard of some of these graduates appearing at church in the same humble but most becoming garb, where it elicited the earnest admiration of the right thinking of the other sex.
After the exercises at the Examination were over, and most of the pupils and their friends had gone, the subject of introducing the Cottonade dress as the School uniform, in winter, until the war is over, was much talked of among some of the Trustees and the remaining teachers. It was suggested that a bolt of cotton goods of the best quality, and of such pattern and colors as the lady teachers should agree upon should be ordered from some of our own factories, and kept at the College for the supply of the girls—to be furnished to them at cost. They could thus be all dressed alike, and hence all temptation to extravagance would be removed. The dress would be uniform in thickness and fashion, and hence none of those "bad colds" which come from changing from thick to thin dresses, from close to open sleeves, etc. It would furnish a warm and comfortable garment not easily torn or readily soiled, and would comport better than lighter material with the strong shoes which school girls should always wear. The teachers with whom we conversed were more than willing to adopt it for themselves as well as encourage its adoption by the pupils.
The trustees have not adopted it as the uniform of the College by any formal vote, but we are sure there is not one that would not gladly see it introduced by the voluntary action of parents, teachers and pupils. We have heard of some pupils who are determined to wear it at all events. Can it not be a general thing? Will not the President of the Mary Sharp give some public intimation of what would be desirable in this time of our trouble. Will not the friends and patrons of the school prepare in time for the coming session, and advise those who are in Winchester to order the goods and have them in readiness.
One of the Trustees. 
Tennessee Baptist, August 24, 1861.[1]

[1] As cited in:

24, “The Ball Game.”
The lovers of the healthful and graceful game of Billiards will be pleased to hear that Fred. Myers has leased the El Dorado Billiard Saloon, on the corner of Second and Jefferson streets.
During his temporary absence in Cincinnati, Fred. Has been measuring his skill against that of Phil. Tieman, and other knights of the cue, and certainly upheld the reputation of Memphis most magnificently, making the largest runs made in the arduous games he played. His many admirers and friends will, doubtless, throng the favorite sale aux billiards [sic] one more, now that he resumes its management. It has been frequently asked why [sic] Meyers manages a billiard room than anybody else. “It takes a blacksmith to make a horseshoe,” which might be rendered: it takes a billiard player to please billiard players.
Memphis Union Appeal, August 24, 1862.

24, “For the Ladies.”
Our lady friends will, no doubt, be glad to learn that W. C. Potter, No. 65 Jefferson street, has just received a large supply of Hermstreet's Hair Restorative, Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, Lubin’s Premium Extracts, and a very extensive assortment of Toilet Articles and fancy Goods. Potter is certainly one of the most popular merchants of the city. His Feather Dusters are so elegant that the ladies are purchasing rapidly out of his varied assortment.
Memphis Union Appeal, August 24, 1862.

24, “The Blacks in Arms.”
No [portion?] of [the population?] as implicitly credited the [rumor?] yesterday, that Forrest was about to attack Memphis, as our colored population. As one of them expressed it, ”Our time is come dis day;” and believing that in case of an assault on Memphis they would be in particular and extreme peril, they became greatly excited but their excitement was marked by extraordinary readiness to fight. Many rushed to the armories, the hospitals, the fort, and wherever there seems a chance to get hold of guns and ammunition. One officer gave out to these patriotic and belligerent blacks over a thousand guns; and there is no doubt that if there had been a chance the blacks would with alacrity have face Forrest’s men who have already have a most unwholesome dread of negro soldiers.

Memphis Bulletin, August 24, 1864.

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