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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
en choking the road for miles, might be taken across the Harpeth and put well on their way toward Nashville, eighteen miles distant. It was better to give battle there, with this encumbrance out of the way, than to be compelled to fight, as he doubtless would that day or the next, with his trains close at hand. Schofield's Headquarters. Schofield's Headquarters were at the house of Dr. D. B. Cliffe, on main Street, in the village of Franklin. That village was the capital of Williamson County, Tennessee, and was situated in a bend of the Harpeth River, which formed two sides of a square, with a sharp curve at the angle, as seen in the map on page 421. Schofield was satisfied that his foes were concentrated directly in his rear; for his cavalry, following the Lewisburg pike several miles eastward of his line of march, had encountered no enemy. He disposed his troops accordingly in a curved line south and west of the town, the flanks resting on the Harpeth; and then cast up a
the enemy low with his own arm. He and Starnes in the very front of the charge, dealt their blows right and left with telling effect. The enemy lost some twenty killed, and about the same number wounded and taken prisoners — among the latter Capt. Davis, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Robertson County, Tennessee. We lost only two killed--Capt. Merriweather, while gallantly leading the charge at the head of his company, and W. H. Terry, a private in Capt. McLemore's company from Williamson County, who fell by a sabre thrust while fighting gallantly. We had three wounded. Altogether, it was a brilliant affair. Our men behaved with great gallantry. The enemy's force consisted of about three hundred picked men who had volunteered on the expedition to capture Starnes. To cover their shameful and disgraceful and cowardly retreat, I have no doubt they reported when they got back to camp that they were pursued by at least a thousand men. I have no doubt they thought so, for they w
cked, the enemy surrounding them on every side. From this hour the battle raged furiously until eleven o'clock at night, at which time the confederates were compelled to abandon their position, leaving upon the field a large lot of provisions, the splendid batteries commanded by Captains Rutledge and McClung, besides camp equipage, baggage, etc. Among those reported killed in addition to the commander of the brigade, are the following: Lieut.-Col. Carter, of Battle's regiment, from Williamson County; Tim Dodson, a well-known citizen of this county; the gallant Lieut. E. B. Shields, of this city; Lieut. Baillie Peyton, Jr., of Sumner County; James Patterson, of this county, color-bearer of Battle's regiment; James Gray, orderly-sergeant of Capt. Rice's company, Col. Battle's regiment. Col. H. M. Fogg, Aid to Gen. Zollicoffer, was wounded early in the engagement. Our reports in regard to his condition are conflicting. A dispatch to Orville Ewing, Esq., states that Orville Ewing
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 1, Chapter 24: White vendetta. (search)
ch over his pigsty and his still. His plan is to receive his pay, and let the world go by. Our sheriff, laughs a philosopher in a leather jacket, is always square; when any cuss is up, Frank turns his back and lets things slide. Sheriff Frank is a typical man. When farmer, butcher, and distiller differ in their views, they fight it out. One party wins, and law becomes again a rude expression of the general will. On Saturday evening, December 12, 1874, Colonel Sisney, Sheriff of Williamson county, was sitting in his own house, near Carterville, with his brother-in-law, George Hindman, playing a game of dominoes in the fading light. A lamp was lit, a curtain drawn; the lamp so placed that shadows of the two men inside the room were thrown on the window blind. A shot was heard. Crash went the glass, and both the players sprang to their feet, stung with the pain of gunshot wounds. Two loaded guns were in the room. Each seized a weapon, and prepared to fire. A scurry of reti
L. P. Brockett, The camp, the battlefield, and the hospital: or, lights and shadows of the great rebellion, Keller or Killdare, one of the scouts of the Army of the Cumberland. (search)
y Lieutenant Johnston to General Van Dorn. It read as follows: I have succeeded in capturing Mr. Killdare. Archy Cheatham, of Nashville, says Killdare is not loyal to the Confederacy. The Federals have mounted five hundred light infantry. Sanford's being killed is confirmed. (Signed) Lieut. Johnston. Thompson, being very drunk, left me, taking the goods he stole. Two citizens came up shortly and told me to turn round, and stop all night at Isaac Ivy's, 1st District, Williamson county. There we took the remainder of the goods into the house. At three o'clock in the morning a negro woman came and knocked at the door. Mr. Ivy says, what do you want? A soldier is down at the creek, and wants to know where his prisoner is, was the reply. What has he done with the goods he took from that man? He has left them at our house, and has just started up the creek as I came up. That will do. Go on. I was awake, and tried to make my escape, asking Mr.
lected, bearing himself always as a leader who felt the weight of his responsibility, and yet was ever ready to brave any danger which promised to benefit the cause to which he was devoted. At the close of the war General Palmer proved himself as good a citizen as he had been a soldier. He died on the 4th of November, 1890, mourned by his many friends and regretted by his countrymen. Brigadier-General Gideon Johnson Pillow Brigadier-General Gideon Johnson Pillow was born in Williamson county, Tenn., June 8, 1806. In 1827 he was graduated at the university of Nashville, after which he commenced the practice of law at Columbia and rapidly rose to prominence. He was a delegate to the National Democratic convention of 1844, and aided largely in securing the nomination of his neighbor, James K. Polk, for the presidency. In July, 1846, he abandoned peaceful pursuits to accept a commission as brigadier-general of Tennessee volunteers in the Mexican war. At first he served with Tay
yed by fire on Friday last. Loss $3,000 to $4,000. The Charleston Courier announces that an enterprising citizen has determined to undertake the manufacture of salt near that city. Thomas Hardeman, Sr, for many years a prominent merchant of Macon, Ga., died on the 11th inst. It is said that the Hon. Lewis Cass will publish a history of the events which, in his view, led to the present war. High private ex Gov. Wm. Alken, of S. C., has reported himself for active duty in the Calhoun Guards. Among those who fell in the memorable battle of the 21st, near Manassas, was the Rev. C. W. Howard, of Meriwether, Ga. Mr. Clark M. Comstock, an aged teacher, died suddenly in Williamson county, Tennessee, last week. Moses White, mail carrier between Farmville and Cartersville, Virginia, was found dead in his buggy a few days ago. Peaches are selling in Montgomery, Ala.,, at sixty cents a bushel. Charles R Pearce, an old merchant of Baltimore, is dead.
ceedingly light. Perhaps three hundred bales were used at Fort-Zollicoffer, a little below Nashville, in building breastworks. This would, of course, be a proper capture Whether it was attended to or not, I have not learned. I have heard of two or three hundred bales in private hands, but have yet to hear of anything beyond a hundred and fifty bales in any one place. Most of the cotton in this State is still in the hands of planters and a good deal of it will turn up in Rutherford, Williamson, Maury, and Giles counties. The Yankee account of a skirmish near Winchester. On Saturday, 22d instant, about 1 o'clock, small parties of Ashby's cavalry came with in sight of the Federal pickets, and a series of desultory firing took place between them. This continued for some time without effect on either side, until about three or four o'clock in the afternoon, when the enemy made their appearance in large numbers and commenced driving in the pickets. A messenger was then dis
by way of Manchester and McMinnville. The troops stationed at Nashville will probably make a faint upon Shelbyville, but no absolute assault is expected from that side of the enemy's line. The entire strength of the army in Murfreesboro' is estimated at fifty thousand. Our reliable reports from the Northern portion of the State represent the reinforcements to consist of three divisions, each not less than ten thousand strong. The division of Jeff C. Davis, with Johnson's cavalry, stationed in Williamson county, are put down at twelve thousand. The forces at Nashville do not exceed ten thousand. Thus the entire body of troops, composing the Department of Rosecrans reach nearly the figures of one hundred thousand. Of these at least a fourth are unable for duty.--Setting apart twenty thousand more for garrison duty, and the available army to be brought against us will not come for wrong of sixty thousand, less than were engaged and in reach of the battle before Murfreesboro'.
The Daily Dispatch: March 7, 1863., [Electronic resource], Treatment of our Surgeons by the Federal--Robbery of clothing. (search)
le, and of the strength of the army of Rosecrans, which will be especially interesting at this time.--It says: "There are three points which the enemy held in force — Murfreesboro', (where is Rosecrans's army) Nashville and a point in Williamson county. The force at these points are respectively given as follows: Murfreesboro'60.000 Nashville10.000 Scattered in Williamson county11.000 Aggregate force84.000 Thus the whole military force in Rosecran's department is about Williamson county11.000 Aggregate force84.000 Thus the whole military force in Rosecran's department is about eighty thousand strong. Of these it is quits safe to say 1500 are unfit for duty, and deducing 13 000 more for garrison duty, makes the available army of Rosecrans not much over 10 000--a lets number than he had in the battle of Murfreesboro'. It would not be prudent to speak of the strength of our army; but we may say, without impropriety, that we are by those who ought to know that it is stronger and in batter condition than when it went into the three days battles of Murfreesboro'. "T
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