Yankee Notions of Tennessee loyalty.
correspondent of the New York Herald
gives the following picture of the state of feeling in Western Tennessee
, worthy of Munchausen
I met yesterday several gentlemen from Western Tennessee
, from whom I gather some encouraging accounts of the condition of affairs in that region.
They represent that in the country the majority of the people — a large majority — favor the Union
, but are only held in subjection to the Davis
tyranny by the armed bands that are kept constantly moving about in that region.
there is a great panic in anticipation of a descent by General Halleck
They anticipate a flank movement around Columbus
, and argue that that place will be conquered without a blow being struck by the Northern
, they cry, is wholly unprotected, and when Columbus
shall fall will be entirely at the mercy of the Lincolnites. --Public meetings have been held and various military organizations perfected, embracing the entire male population of the city.
The question was being discussed whether, in the event of their inability to successfully defend the city, it should not be burned.
This will undoubtedly be its fate, and many families are preparing for it by moving with their effects into the country.