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The Daily Dispatch: November 30, 1861., [Electronic resource], Stampede among the
Stampede among the Tories. Our town has been under martial law and our streets thronged with soldiers for nearly two weeks past, which has had quite a salutary influence on the Lincolnites in the upper end of this county. Col. Clift, the Tory leader of Soddy, who had marshaled his motley clan to the fine of some five or six hundred ragamuffins and outlaws, with the avowed purpose of joining Dan. Trewhitt and his East Tennessee renegades at Jamestown, and marching from thence upon Chattanooga, after covering himself with glory in many prospective battles, upon hearing of the near approach of a detachment of an Alabama regiment, thought it prudent to disband his gallant followers and go home. The pugnacious Colonel and his motley crew all reached their homes in safety, save about fifteen of the less fortunate, whom our boys picked up and brought into camp at Chattanooga. Some of them have been discharged upon taking the oath and giving bond and security for their good behavior