Friday, August 30, 2013

8/30/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

30, Rich Confederate buys bonds, patriotic masses join the army


Jos. A. Mabrey, of Knoxville, desirous of still farther attesting the loyalty of East Tennessee to the Confederate Sates, proposes through the Knoxville Register to be one of ten to take $100,000 of the Confederate bonds at par, or one of twenty to take $5,000 each.

The patriotic masses of East Tennessee are rapidly coming to the rescue of the South. The Register coming to the rescue of the South. The Register says Greene county, Andy Johnson's home, had furnished three companies to the 4th East Tennessee regiment and is ready to furnish several more.

The Macon Daily Telegraph, August 30, 1861



30, Skirmishing near Altamont

Excerpt from the Report of Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, C. S. Army, on his Kentucky Raid, August-October 1862, relative to fighting near Altamont, August 30, 1862.

HDQRS. CAVALRY, Knoxville, Tenn., October 30, 1862.

COL.: I have the honor to report that on August 27 I moved across the Tennessee River at Chattanooga with a brigade of cavalry, consisting of parts of the First Alabama and First Kentucky Regiments.

On the 28th we moved in front of Gen. Hardee's wing. The next day I received an order to march toward Altamont and drive in the enemy's scouts on the mountain. We arrived near Altamont at daylight on the morning of the 30th and drove in their pickets on three sides, firing into their camp and killing, as we afterwards learned, 1 colonel, 1 captain, and 2 privates. The enemy were so alarmed and deceived that Gen. Buell reported in his Official statement, subsequently made to a council of war at Nashville, that Gen. Hardee attempted to cross the mountain with his corps, but by his placing a large force at Altamont he had compelled Gen. Hardee to fall back into the valley. A few hours before we reached Altamont the enemy had an infantry brigade in ambush on the road, but on our approach they marched in and joined their main body. After having menaced their flanks until 12 m. we returned to Sequatchie Valley. We then moved northward, covering the rear and left flank of the army, having slight skirmish near Fleming's.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,

JOS. WHEELER, Brig.-Gen.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 16, pt. I, p. 893.




30, "Fooroom-Boom! Ker-gip!"

At this writing, 12 o'clock M. [Noon], the enemy are shelling the town vigorously. Our sanctum and our solitaire printer, with his 'case' and composing stick, are removed to the basement of the Bank of Tennessee [where he can] be heard frantically imploring our neighbor Haskell to open his door. The voice is evidently that of a 'dry' soldier. At least we judge so from the huskiness of his throat. Possibly wants a drink. Probably won't get it, as Haskell has retired to his earthworks.

Boom! Whiz-z-z!! Goes another angry shell.

'Oh, Mr. Haskell!' goes [the] voice outside.

Fooroom-BOOM! Ker-gip!

'HASKELL! open the door!'

Crash came a shell over the roof, struck a Chattanooga hog in the side, and sent him squeaking to the happy hunting grounds.

[The] soldier couldn't stand it any longer. He broke. We can hear the retreating echoes of his footsteps. Haskell has at length opened the door and calls after him: 'What do you want?'

Reply in the dim distance: 'Oh, d__n it, you're too late. 'Spect a man to have nine lives like a cat, and get murdered for one drink?'

Drama closes. Scene shifts! Suthin' [sic] rumbles. Exeunt, at a double quick.

Also in this one-page number of the Daily Rebel was a defiant answer to a rumor circulating in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama newspapers that the Chattanooga paper had fled the City. "The rumor is...altogether incorrect. The Rebel lives. Its 'heavy bronze' [press?] has been moved to the rear, with that of the whole army, out of the way of active operations; but both of its editors, with a sufficient quantity of material and typographical force to print a daily war bulletin, remain, and will remain to the last hour. Whilst we are penning these lines, shells from the enemy's batteries are falling within our rear premises, and exploding in the street in front. If any citizen of Chattanooga has seen an evidence of a 'change of base' on our part, his imagination has led him far astray of the mark. Chattanooga maybe burnt to the ground, but the position will not be lost; and so long as our army is here to defend it, we shall share whatever befalls its gallant soldiers, many of whom are fellow comrades of war in past campaigns, and nearly all of whom are our friends and patrons."

Chattanooga Daily Rebel, August 30, 1863




30, Confederate Guerrillas and the Lovelady, Card Murders on Walden's Ridge; Parker's Narrative

[For the Chattanooga Daily Gazette.]

A Page from the History of East Tennessee.

In the later part of the month of May, 1863, a party of Rebels, under the command of Lieutenant Walker, of Hamilton's guerrillas, crossed Walden Ridge, on the Poe Turnpike road, with a drove of cattle which they had smuggled through the lines, from Kentucky. They acted very peaceably as they came over the mountains, and stopped and staid all night at Poe's tavern, at the foot of the mountain, on the Chattanooga and Washington road. The next day they proceeded to Chattanooga, where they disposed of their cattle.

On their return they were seen in company with Thomas Condry, a resident of this county, who, also belonged t their gang. After they left Condry they went on to Poe's tavern where they stopped. He posted them also.-They proceeded from thence to the widow Walker's, on Walden's Ridge, where the arrested Lewis B. Card, the youngest son of old Edward S. Card, and old citizen of this county, and Jerry Lovelady, (than whom a more peaceable man never lived.) They proceeded with them to Wm. Card's house, where they halted them in the road. A part of the fiends entered the house and demanded of Mrs. Card where her sons were. She answered that they were not at home, but as to where they could be found she did not know, for they had not been home in some time. They told her to go out into the road and see if she knew those prisoners out there. She went out into the road and recognized her son Lewis and Perry Lovelady to be the prisoners. Lewis as stripped of his coat, hat and boots. One of the rebels had taken his hat and given him an old cap, another had taken his boots and another had taken his coat. His other asked him if he did not want his coat, and it was raining, she supposed that they had left his coat at home, that morning, but he answered her that one of the soldiers had taken his coat from him. Poor boy, little did he dream of the fate that awaited him from their hands. They proceeded to rob and plunder the old man's house, threatening they would kill the old man if he said a word. One of them shoved his pistol into Mr. Car's face, and swore he would kill him for a Lincolnite, but the old man stood firm, and the coward left him. After they had plundered the house of everything they wanted, the left, taking the boys along with them. They stopped again about three miles  from Mr. Card's, at Hiram Reynolds', a man that was called a rebel. There, according to Reynold's tale, they treated the boys very well, asking Reynolds some questions concerning the boys, he answering that they were inoffensive boys, and had not done anything to be under arrest for, urging them to let them go. They replied that they would not harm them, but would let them go sometime that day. After stopping there about an hour, they started with them and went about a mile, when they murdered them in cold blood. Shooting Perry Lovelady four or five times, and Lewis Card twice. The left them there, and went on to John Henson's, in the Sequatchie Valley, before they told anybody of the dark and damning deed. When they informed Henson that they had killed one of the Card boys, he approved of it, and told them that they should kill the old man Card also. Henson is not the only man that approved the murder of the boys openly. There are others among the oath-takers of Hamilton County that said it was a good thing, and the only way to settle the d----d Lincolnites.

Samuel P. Poe, one of the instigators of this deed, was arrested last Fall and taken a prisoner to Chattanooga, there he was kept about three months and allowed to return home, I suppose from lack of evidence. 'At the time Gen. Negley (I think it was in June of 1862)[1]  came across the mountains into the Tennessee Valley, he arrested this notorious rebel Poe and sent him along with others to Nashville, where he took the oath and returned home. As soon as he returned he told the people that he had never done anything against the Union people; but now he would show them that he would have revenge for being arrested by Gen. Negley. Accordingly he sent to Chattanooga for arms; they sent him some guns to alarm himself and other rebel citizens, with an order to hunt the Lincolnites out of the mountains, but he lacked the courage to proceed, except on one or two occasions. He and his son used to act as guides to the rebels when they would come to arrest the Union citizens. On one occasion he and his son Hartin Poe helped to capture and guard two Federal scouts from his house to Chattanooga, where he appeared against them as a witness; but they finally escaped from the prison at Chattanooga, and afterwards had the pleasure of arresting Poe himself.-Gen. Hazen's troops when they came into this country last August, but Poe made his escape across he river with the rebels. He was afterwards captured, brought to Chattanooga and turned at liberty, as has been above stated.

None of the murderers of Lewis B. Card and Perry Lovelady have yet been arrested, that I know of. They are yet at liberty, and I suppose they are still carrying on their old trade with Carter, Ferguson, Hamilton, &c.


Chattanooga Daily Gazette, August 30, 1864.







[1] May 31- June 9, 1862, Negley's Raid into East Tennessee.

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

2941 Lebanon Road

Nashville, TN  37214

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