Thursday, August 22, 2013

8/22/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

22, "…this vile heresy of Secession."

WHAT PARSON BROWNLOW SAYS.-The Washington Republican publishes a private letter from Parson Brownlow, editor of the Knoxville (Tennessee) Whig, in which this passage occurs:-

"An order has been made at Richmond, to suppress the publication of the Knoxville Whig, but the notice has not been served on me yet. I have given them the devil in this day's paper, and I shall continue to say just what I please, until my office is closed or destroyed by brute force.

"They have about run me ashore in a pecuniary sense-broke up my business-withheld all letters containing subscriptions; and thus I am driven to the wall with more subscribers on my list than the eight Secession papers of East Tennessee all put together. But I will starve, or beg my bread of Union men, before I will surrender to this vile heresy of Secession.

"With my best wishes, I am, etc.,

"W.G. Brownlow."

Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 1861.




22, Reconnaissance, McMinnville to Altamont

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, ARMY OF THE OHIO, McMinnville, August 23, 1862.

Maj.-Gen. BUELL:

I sent a reconnoitering party to Altamont on the 22d, Lieut.-Col. Wood commanding. He reports that the citizens confidently expected the enemy that night, but he learned from a more reliable source that their advance, consisting of one brigade, was then 10 miles beyond Altamont. Have they not mistaken our advance from Tracy City for the advance of the enemy? The party I sent to Dunlap reported no enemy there at 10 a.m. on the 21st. I have ordered the reconnoitering party out to-night in that direction.

THOMAS, Maj.-Gen., U. S. Volunteers.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 16, pt. II, p. 399.




22, Federal occupation of Sparta begins

McMINNVILLE, August 27, 1862.

Maj.-Gen. BUELL, Decherd:

GEN.: I send you a letter, brought in last night by one of our soldiers, who was captured at Sparta on last Friday [22d]. He says he picked Capt. McMillin's pocket and found the letter, and soon after made his escape....

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Respectfully, &c.,

GEO. H. THOMAS, Maj.-Gen., U. S. Volunteers, Cmdg.


CAMP NEAR SPARTA, TENN., August 25, 1862.


DEAR COUSIN: I have an opportunity to drop you a few lines by a prisoner that I caught near Sparta 22d ultimo.

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The Yankees are occupying Sparta at present, having moved up last night. We have two generals in the neighborhood looking out and reconnoitering, but who they are I am not at liberty to tell.

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OR, Ser. I, Vol. 16, pt. II, pp. 433-434.



22, Running skirmish from Blythe's Ferry to Tennessee River and Washington

HDQRS. TWENTY-FIRST ARMY CORPS, Dunlap, Tenn., August 22, 1863--9 a. m.

Brig.-Gen. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff, Stevenson:

Your dispatch of yesterday acknowledging receipt of and satisfaction with my various dispatches and movements, which gratifies me, is received. Minty arrived at Morganton yesterday at 9 a. m. His scouts to Washington drove a force of 150 rebels from Morganton to Tennessee River, which they crossed below Washington. His scouts to Blythe's Ferry found the enemy (two Mississippi regiments under Col. Lowrey) busy throwing up intrenchments across the river, which is from 700 to 800 yards wide at that point. There was no artillery at the ferry, but it was expected daily. Van Cleve's communication, front and rear, is interrupted. Palmer has just returned, leaving Hazen's brigade at Poe's Tavern, and Wilder's two regiments opposite Harrison. He reports enemy busy with spade, and confirms previous reports of strength of enemy there. He reports that Hazen can almost sustain his command for a week without drawing supplies from here. The universal opinion is that had you not moved, Bragg would have advanced to Kentucky via Kingston with 20,000 men and his cavalry. The people further believe that we are to be left in possession of this side of the river. Wood reports Wagner on the bluff opposite Chattanooga watching Wilder endeavoring to destroy steam-boats and pontoons lying under Chattanooga.

Palmer met Dr. McGraw, who claimed to be in the employ of Gen. Thomas, who reports Bragg at Cleveland with 15,000 infantry lying from Cleveland down, Polk on the river from Kingston down, Buckner at Knoxville with about 5,000 men. Palmer also learns rebels uneasy about Rome. Road to Harrison similar to road we have passed over. Will send you to-day Palmer's written report together with sketch of position at Harrison. I would respectfully suggest that if we are likely to remain here long enough our supply train be unloaded and all sent back to McMinnville and Tracy City for additional supplies.

T. L. CRITTENDEN, Maj.-Gen., Comdg.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. III, pp. 117-118.


DUNLAP, August 23, 1863--12 m.

Brig.-Gen. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff:

Minty dispatches from Smith's Cross-Roads, dated 3 a. m. this morning, that the enemy is crossing at Blythe's Ferry and at the mouth of Sale Creek. He moved back in direction of Poe's Tavern. A small force of Forrest's men attacked his forage party yesterday, and were driven through Washington by his scouts there...

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OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. III, p. 137.



Capt. OTIS, Asst. Adjt. Gen., Third Div., Twenty-first Army Corps:

SIR: I arrived at this place at 9 this a. m., and immediately sent scouts to Blythe's Ferry and Washington. The scouts to Washington drove a force of 150 rebels before them from this place across the Tennessee River below Washington.

The scouts to Blythe's Ferry found the enemy (two Mississippi regiments, under Col. Lowrey) busy throwing up intrenchments across the river, which is from 700 to 800 yards wide at that point. On my men leaving the river bank they were fired on and one of the Fourth Regulars severely wounded. There is no artillery at the ferry, but it is expected daily.

My rations run out in the morning. I must depend upon you to supply me. Forage is not so plentiful as you appeared to think. There is very little corn to be had. The position here is not good. I must keep possession of the brow of the mountain. Fifty men ought to be able to prevent a division from ascending.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. G. MINTY, Col., Comdg. Cavalry.

When sending supplies I wish you would send as many of my men as possible. Maj. Gray, Fourth Michigan, is in command of the camp.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. III, pp. 124-125.




22, Artillery skirmish at Chattanooga

No circumstantial reports filed.

Excerpt from the correspondence of Brigadier-General Thomas J. Wood to Chief of Staff, General. J. Garfield, relative to artillery skirmish at Chattanooga, August 22, 1863.

CAMP SECOND BRIGADE, 19 MILES FROM CHATTANOOGA, August 23, 1863. (Via Cowan, 8.30 a. m., 24th.)

Gen. GARFIELD, Chief of Staff:


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Col. Wilder had another bout with the batteries at Chattanooga, and the sharpshooters have frequent and sometimes sharp work, so they say. I cannot vouch for the fact.

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TH. J. WOOD, Brig.-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. III, p. 137.


MONROE, August 25, 1863--10.30 a. m.

(Received 11 a. m.)

Maj.-Gen. HALLECK:

Richmond papers of the 24th instant have been received, from which the following extracts of telegraphic dispatches from Charleston are made:

CHATTANOOGA, August 22-noon.

A force of some strength appeared on the opposite side of the river yesterday about 10 o'clock, and commenced shelling the place without warning. Our batteries replied promptly, and the artillery duel continued until 5 p. m. A little girl, daughter of F. G. Roche, of Nashville, was mortally wounded; also one lady. The ferryman at the river was badly wounded. All quiet to-day.

E. E. POTTER, Chief of Staff.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. III, p. 161.[1]





22, A Bender in Smoky Row, Nashville

The women of Smoky Row got on a big spree last night; three of them-Laura Hickman, Jane Johnson, and Liz. Adcock, were on a jolly drunk in a hack, while Belle Wallace and Fanny Ames were running a race on horseback. The Carson and Morgan war resumed last night, particulars of which will be developed in the Recorder's Court this morning.

Nashville Dispatch, August 23, 1864.


[1] See also: OR, Ser. I, Vol. 28, pt. II, p. 63.

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

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