Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 9 - Tennessee Civil War Notes

   Consecration of the Synagogue.—The new synagogue o­n Jefferson street, Beth El Emith, was consecrated yesterday afternoon, the solemn services of the occasion being by the rabbi, the Rev. E. Marcuson, with reverential dignity.  The ceremonies were very interesting, taking the mind back to past ages when the songs of Zion pealed from the temple o­n Moriah's hill and were echoed from the hoary sides of the adjacent mountains.  The services opened with sacred music from a fine band.  Before the deep tones had died away the dedicatory procession entered the sacred precincts.  First came a number of young girls, draped in white, each o­ne carrying a beautiful wreath in her hand.  A like number of boys followed, carrying lighted wax tapers.  After them came the rabbi, bearing in his hands the sacred manuscript of the Holy Scriptures, and the procession was closed by six elderly members of the congregation walking two and two.  The whole made seven times the circuit of the Tabah, which is in the midst of the synagogue.  While this was done, the choir, led by Mr. Peres, and accompanied by the instrumental music, chanted in very pleasing style, in the Hebrew language, appropriate psalms.  The dedication sermon was preached by the rabbi, who was followed with appropriate remarks from Mr. L. Alexander, and by a discourse from Jacob Peres, Esq., who called attention to the remarkable reaction now going o­n in the religious and political world.  He pointed out the fallacies involved in the prevailing "isms," the causes of the attempts at reforms and the effort to unite opposing factions.  He then proceeded to discuss his main topic, "the synagogue, the Jewish monument."  The origin, destiny and future of the synagogue were considered. He then concluded by reciting the following lines:

                        Since Amram's son o­n Sinai's mount,
                        First opened revelation's fount,
                        Has Judah's race, though oft forlorn,
                        o­n high religion's banner borne,
                        Has caused salvation's rills to flow
                        To earth's confines, and taught to know
                        The nations, there dwells above,
                        A god of mercy, truth and love,
                        Who aids the good, supports the right,
                        And ne'er discards the heart contrite.
            The services concluded with the chanting of psalms. 
MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, January 11, 1862  



 9, Pollution prevention in Breckenridge's Division, excerpt from Special Order No. 60
Head Quarters Breckenridge's Div.
Tullahoma, January 9th 1863
Special Order No. 60
I. Brigade Commanders will take immediate steps to prevent the pollution of the stream of water near which the Division is camped. No slaughter houses or butcher pens will be allowed to be erected near it. All offal of any kind whatever must be burned or buried, and must not be thrown into the stream.
It will be the duty of the inspsector Genl of Division and Brigade to report promptly to these Head Quarters the violation of any part of the above order.
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By command of Maj Genl Breckinridge.
Order Book of General Breckinridge's Division, October 15, 1862 – March 12, 1865



9, "Rebel Females" in Union-occupied Knoxville
It is a well known fact, that there are, in this city a class of most hateful and disgusting rebel women -- traitors to the Government, and as mean as the men of the same faith. There are two classes of them, however -- one class is prudent, quiet and lady like -- and these, like angel visits, are few and far between. The other class, more numerous, are as brazen as the Devil, full of impudence, with but little sense, and less prudence, flirting about, meddling in everybody's affairs, and seeking notoriety by acting and talking as a well raised lady would be ashamed to act or talk. These women, without any regard to their positions, or associations, should be sent South and made to stay there during the war. They are no better than the wives and children of Union men, who have been plundered by their rebel sons, and lords, and then driven out of the country. We hope to see the authorities here, deal out even handed justice to these female rebel women, and that can only be done by sending out of the country.
Brownlow's Whig and Independent Journal and Rebel Ventilator, January 9, 1864.


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