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2013/9/11 Tennessee Civil War Notes

11, "Let something be done to induce the country people to bring in their supplies." Market difficulties in Nashville

It is remarkable how quick the necessities of a people are taken advantage of. For several days past there has been but a poor supply of produce brought to market by the country people. Yesterday the market was almost as bare of produce as Mother Hubbard's cupboard was of a bone on an occasions when hunger was pinching "the poor dog," and the consequence was, only a few were fortunate enough to get anything; but they had to pay well for what they did get. Butter was selling at sixty cents per pound, Irish potatoes at seventy-five cents per peck, and other articles at equally high rates. Now, there is no reason why such prices as these should be demanded. There is nothing like a scarcity of produce, and nothing can justify such extortion. The poorer classes cannot pay these prices, and if the country people should keep their produce back for even a short time, there will be suffering in the city.

Wood has been selling during the week at from twelve to fourteen dollars per cord. There is plenty of wood near the city, but it is not brought to market in sufficient quantities to meet the demand.

We hear as a reason for the scarcity to which we allude, that many people who are in the habit of bringing their produce to market say that they have had considerable quantities taken from them by soldiers, while others express a fear that their horses will be taken or their teams impressed into the service of the Government. We are quite sure a misapprehension prevails in regard to these matters, and that it has been circulated for sinister purposes. There are probably those who would not hesitate to put money in their purse in this way. A few soldiers may possibly have overstepped the orders of their superiors and have taken some produce from marketers, but they would have been promptly punished had the matter been brought to the notice of the proper officer. The recent order of Gen. Halleck, which we print elsewhere, is very explicit and peremptory upon this point.

We trust the military authorities will take this matter in hand and give the people such assurance of protection as will induce them to bring in their produce. As previously stated, the withholding by the country people of their usual supplies of market [torn page] for a week or two would produce serious suffering among the poorer classes of the city, who are unable to send to the country for the supplies so necessary to their very existence. The prices which are [page frayed] now in the market for every species of produce, showed that something should be promptly done to relieve the poor.

It seems almost incredible to those who do not personally investigate the matter, that such exorbitant prices should be demanded for produce in a land blessed with plenty, as are now exacted in our market. Let something be done to induce the country people to bring in their supplies.

Nashville Dispatch, September 11, 1862.




11, Recruitment Army of Tennessee deserters in the Army of the Cumberland

CHATTANOOGA, September 11, 1863--2 p. m.

(Received 7.25 p. m.) Hon. E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

The number of deserters from the rebel army is great. Men who were conscripted on account of their loyalty, men who wish the lex talionis are among them. Applications are numerous for permission to enter our service. An immediate decision, if possible, by the War Department authorizing the enlistment of these men is desirable. They cannot follow the avocations of peace nor have proper protection at home, and will be soon driven by causes founded in human nature to some course prejudicial to the public interests. Please authorize me to use my discretion in the matter under such rules as care and War Department orders may prescribe.

W. S. ROSECRANS, Maj.-Gen.

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, September 11, 1863--9 p. m.

Maj. Gen. W. S. ROSECRANS, Chattanooga:

You are authorized to use your discretion in regard to the enlistment of deserters from the enemy. I have been under the impression that this authority was given to you and Governor Johnson some time ago. On reference to the telegram of 29th August, addressed to you at Stevenson, Ala., by my order, from the commissary-general of prisoners, you will perceived that such authority was given, with suggestions for certain precautions to be observed in its exercise.

Your dispatch of 12.45 this day, addressed to Adjutant-Gen. Townsend, has been referred to me. You are authorized to organize regiments and companies from loyal citizens of the States in which your army may be operating, for any period not less than one year, as they may elect. You will select competent persons to officer the forces thus enlisted, and upon reporting their names to this Department, they will be commissioned by the President and their commissions will be forwarded to you. You will make requisitions upon the proper bureaus for arming, clothing, and equipping such troops.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 30, pt. II, pp. 529-530.



11, "Provost Marshal's Office."

Considerable business was transacted by the Provost Marshal yesterday. Among others who passed through his office, we find that W. H. Mory, of Ashland, Ohio, has been arrested and held for trial under charge of being a guerrilla. John B. Canby, of Nashville, has been sent to the penitentiary for assisting soldiers to desert. Pleasant L. Rollings, a citizen, stands charged with being a guerrilla, with bushwhacking, and with larceny. B. M. Hawkins, a citizen, is held prisoner by order of Gen. Miller.

Nashville Dispatch, June 11, 1864.




11, "Extensive Robbery."

Officer Joe Cheatham arrested, on Wednesday, a man named Allie, on Wednesday [8th], who was formerly in the United States army, afterward discharged, and subsequently connected with the issuing commissary department, charged with robbing the Government of about nine wagon loads of stores, consisting in part of four barrels of sugar, four barrels of parched coffee, candles, soap, etc., etc., some of which he is said to have sold to the Brothers Hurley, grocers, on Broad street, who have also been arrested on charge of receiving the property knowing it to have been stolen. All the prisoners are confined in the penitentiary awaiting an examination.

Nashville Dispatch, June 11, 1864.




11, The William H. Robinson affair

Nashville Tenn. June 11th 64

Andrew Johnson

Mil. Governor.

I would respectfully represent that I am a loyal Citizin [sic] of Wilson County.

That on the 9th Inst, Capt Wyatt of the 13th Tenn. Cavalry, in command of about thirty soldiers, and while I was absent, visited my house, entered it with pistols drawn, and in a state of intoxicatin [sic], himself and men, Cursed my wife – entered my drawers, destroyed papers, took thirteen hundred and fifty dollars in different kinds of money, drank whiskey, and played at cards, laid and rolled on my beds with their boots on – also took one shot gun, one saddle, one horse, and one pr of silver specticacles [sic] & one watch seal, and after staying in this manner some three hours, left word with my wife that if I did not report at Gallatin to day they would again visit my house and hang me to the first lim. [sic]

Respectfully Yr obt Svt

William H. Robinson

Papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 6, p. 733.








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