Thursday, September 5, 2013

9/5/2013 Tennessee Civil War Notes

5, Talk of drafting women to serve as nurses at the Southern Mothers' hospital in Memphis

Council Proceedings…..

Impressing Women. By permission Dr. Keller was allowed to state to the Board, that the washing of the sick soldiers had not been done for two weeks; the cleanliness of the hospital and consequently the lives of the soldiers was involved. Fifteen dollars a month each woman would be paid, but no effort had been able to procure women, either black or white, who would remain more than a day or two. Dr. Keller called upon Council to order the police to compel women to do the work. Ald. Kortrecht offered a resolution to grant the request. Ald. Merrill said the request deserved attention, if it was only from the fact that it was the first the military power had made of the city authorities. That power had hitherto paid little attention to the officers and laws of the city. Ald. Vollintine doubted the power of the city to use compulsion in the case. Ald. Morgan denied that the Board had any power to compel, especially in reference to the hospital, which is not within the city limits. Ald. Kortrecht, in times so exigent as the present, would take the power. Ald. Morgan questioned the justice of making those who could earn a dollar a day by making soldiers' garments, work at the hospital for fifty cents a day. The Board had no military power; let the authority that created the hospital procure such labor as it required. The Board refused to assume authority to coerce persons to labor in the military hospital, and the request of Dr. Keller was not granted.

Memphis Daily Appeal, September 5, 1861.[1]




5, Initiation of Confederate draft in Tennessee by Bragg, Special Orders No. 1

SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 1. HDQRS. DEPARTMENT NO. 2, Sparta, Tenn., September 5, 1862.

The President having authorized the enforcement of the conscript law in the State of Tennessee, officers are now engaged in the preparatory steps for its execution. All persons liable to its terms will be allowed to volunteer in such companies as they may select in thirty days. This indulgence will not exempt them, however, from conscription at any moment. It is hoped the ranks of our noble Tennessee regiments will soon be filled by volunteer enlistments. No new companies or regiments will be received until the ranks of those now in service are full.

By command of Gen. Bragg

OR, Ser. I, Vol. 16, pt. II, pp. 797-798.




1, Order, counter order, the capture of Federal pickets and one soldier's opinion of Middle Tennesseans

On Tuesday last [1st] Cos. C. and B got orders to be ready to march next morning to Shelbyville. Got ready to go and were then ordered to wait till next morning for a pontoon train going to the front. Train did not come so had to wait till yesterday for it – it got in here yesterday too late to start and so we were ordered to be ready to march early this morning. Just as we were about to start this morning came an order for the Regt. [sic] to go to McMinnville so we had to unsaddle again and wait.

On Tuesday night [1st] one of our picket posts was surprised and four men carried off by the rebels. They were surrounded on all sides by the rebels, who appeared to know exactly where they were, no doubt they had been informed from some of the "I-never-did-anything-in-my-life," people who live around here, and now have free access to all the different works about here, to sell their market stuff to act the spy part. Well so goes the world, men will be faithless at times and it is no wonder that people who believe it right to enslave their fellow men, and live by legalized robbery should be rather hard put to learn what right they had to keep faith with the Yankees, vile monsters as they'll are.

Alley Diary, entry for September 5, 1863.



5, Cavalry engagement at Triune, Milroy vs. Williams

HDQRS. U. S. FORCES, Pulaski, September 6, 1864.

Maj.-Gen. STEEDMAN, Larkinsville, or on line of road:

Gen. Granger, with all the mounted command, left here at 2 p. m. to join Maj.-Gen. Rousseau at Lawrenceburg. Have dispatched him of your movements. I have trains here and shall move forward to repair railroad. Gen. Milroy fought at Triune yesterday. Rebels toward Shelbyville. Williams' command, 2,000, trying to join Wheeler. Wheeler moving toward Florence; had passed by Maj.-Gen. Rousseau; Gen. Granger gone to the assistance of Gen. R. Crame's [Crews,] rebel brigade passed Lewisburg at 1 p. m. yesterday. Biffle has 300 strong; gone to Swan Creek near Duck River.


OR, Ser. I, Vol. 38, pt. V, p. 816.





[1] See also: Rebellion Record, Vol. 3. pp. 23-24.

James B. Jones, Jr.

Public Historian

Tennessee Historical Commission

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Nashville, TN  37214

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