Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in East Tennessee.
Morristown,Tenn., June 20, 1861.
As I see your valuable paper is open to communication from all quarters, I have concluded to drop you a few lines from this point.
We, in East Tennessee
, are in a great state of anxiety about what action the Greenville Union Convention will take, as upon it depends whether we have peace or war in East Tennessee
I am informed, upon reliable authority, that a prominent member of the Convention
, and a leading Unionist in East Tennessee
, states there are four in the Convention
for rebellion where there is one against it; if so, we may expect warm times in East Tennessee
A large majority of the Unionists in East Tennessee
would be willing to submit to the action of the State
, if let alone by their leaders; but Johnson
& Co., seem determined upon our destruction.--A terrible retribution awaits them.
are the controlling spirits of the Convention
— they can direct it for weal or woe; we wait the result.
If they decide for war against Tennessee
, they shall have it to their heart's content.
has gone into Kentucky
, via Cumberland Gap
On his route, he told the Union
men of Claiborne county
to hold out; he would have them arms and men to help them in a short time.
What his plans are, we can only surmise; but rest assured our party in East Tennessee
is wide awake.
J. N. S.