Yet Floyd, the sunset of whose career as Secretary of War had not appeared brilliant at the North, at once protested that he would never surrender.
Buckner — who, for obvious reasons, was scarcely more popular with Kentucky Unionists than was Floyd with those of the Free States--presented no such obstacle.
Floyd, therefore, turned the command over to Pillow, who passed it to Buckner, whose late superiors now devoted their attention to the means of escape.
Two Rebel steamb four other divisions had been crowded in between, as they arrived. Low but ominous whispers and meaning glances of exultation among the Rebel civilians in our rear had already given indications that a blow was about to be struck ; and alarmed Unionists had sought the tents of our Generals with monitions of danger, which were received with sneering intimations that every one should stick to his trade.
Gen. Grant was at Savannah, superintending the reception of supplies.
Such was the conditio
t two days to London, higher up; hoping, thus to save the railroad bridge, 2,000 feet long, over the Holston; which they reached
Sept. 1. just in time to see it in flames.
Pushing as rapidly to Knoxville — which our cavalry advance had occupied on the 1st--Gen. Burnside was welcomed
Sept. 3. with such an outpouring of enthusiastic loyalty and gratitude as had rarely been equaled.
But East Tennessee had been overwhelmingly and invincibly loyal throughout, while the sufferings of her Unionists, from Rebel conscription, persecution, and spoliation, had been terrible.
Every able-bodied man having been conscripted into the Confederate armies, those who refused to serve were accounted deserters, worthy of death; and the penalty was freely enforced.
But the dungeon, the bullet, and the rope, whereby it was mainly hoped to stifle the loyalty of this heroic people, had only served to intensify it; and the longhidden National flags that now waved from almost every house and fluttered