previous next

Affairs in East Tennessee.

Mr. John M. Crowley, of this city, Superintendent of the division of the telegraph line between Lynchburg and Chattanooga, has been released by Gen. Burnside and sent through the lines by flag of truce. He has since arrived in Richmond. In the city of Knoxville he represents that, notwithstanding many statements to the contrary, there was comparatively little Union feeling shown, when the Federal troops arrived. Several prominent families were very active in welcoming them, but among the middle and poorer classes they met with no favor. The jail in Knoxville has been pretty full ever since the Yankees arrived. The authorities were committing "everybody for everything." A man circulated a report that the Federals had been whipped at Chattanooga, and in a few hours he was in jail, with the unhappy listeners who had heard and been rash enough to repeat the story. One day the Daily Bulletin, published there by the "blue belly," came out with an editorial denouncing these reports, and significantly added, "We have known men hung for much less offences than this." This was a settler, and Knoxville the next day was perfectly silent on the Chickamauga subject. It was ten days after the battle had occurred before it was allowed to be talked of in the streets.

Gen. Burnside was very kind to the citizens generally, as were his officers. General Hartsuff was in command in the city, spoke of Gen. Ewell very highly, and told with consiberable jollity of a champagne supper in Washington, at which he was present, where several Southern officers, about leaving for the Confederacy, were taken leave of by their friends who still remained in the U. S. Army. The soldiers were kept in tolerable subjection, and citizens were not interfered with to any great extent. One of the sights to be seen in the city was a Yankee soldier with his head shaved, and labelled "thief," marched up and down the street, followed, by a file of soldiers and a band of music. One of the regiments in Burnside's army corps (9th) had inscribed on its flag "Bull Run," which amused the people considerably. Mr. Crowley was on parole during his stay in Knoxville, extending to about two months, but spent much of the time in prison "on suspicion," as the Yanks called it.

The bushwhacking in East Tennessee is still on the increase — brother bushwhacks brother. The Union men shoot a loyal citizen every chance they get, and a number of Morgan's disbanded men or stragglers in their turn bushwhack the Unionists. Neither party shows much mercy.

The Yankee Generals with Burnside seemed very confident that the "rebellion would be crushed" in a few months.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (2)
Bull Run, Va. (Virginia, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Burnside (4)
John M. Crowley (2)
John H. Morgan (1)
Hartsuff (1)
Ewell (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: