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The Daily Dispatch: October 4, 1862., [Electronic resource], Vice-President Stephens on Martial law. (search)
Vice-President Stephens on Martial law. Gen. Bragg recently declared martial law in Atlanta, Ga, and appointed Hon. James M. Calhoun Military Governor of the city; but Mr. Calhoun, doubtful of his powers sought the counsel of Hon. B. H. Hill and Vice-Pres't Stephens on the subject The latter's reply we find in the Southern Croper answer to he made to your several inquiries touching your powers and duties in the office of Civil Governor of Atlanta, to which you have been appointed by Gen Bragg. I took the letter with the promise to write to you fully upon the whole subject. This, there fore, is the object of my now writing to you. I regret the delay your new position, and your inability to find anything in any written code of laws to enlighten you upon them. The truth is, your office is unknown to the law. Gen. Bragg had no more authority for appointing you civil Governor of Atlanta than I had; and I had, or have, no more authority than any street, walker in your city. Unde
From Tennessee. Chattanooga, Oct. 2. --A company of partisan rangers yesterday drove the Yankee pickets, at Flat Rock, back to Nashville, killing several. Flat Rock is three miles from Nashville. The Nashville Dispatch, of the 30th, says that the steamer Forlorn Hope was captured a few miles below there on Sunday, by the rebels. The impression in Nashville is that Bragg has taken Louisville. Speculators have cleaned out all the goods and stores between here and Nashville. No more need come. There is no doubt about the starving condition of the people in Nashville.