Monthly Archives: October 2012

Friday, October 31, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee As we rode one morning toward Oxford, I observed in a farmer’s barn-yard a wagon that looked like a city furniture-wagon with springs. We were always short of wagons, so I called the attention of the quartermaster, Colonel … Continue reading

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Thursday, October 30, 1862

HEADQUARTERS. FIRST DIVISION Memphis, October 30, 1862 To commanders of regiments and companies in the service of the United States: Generosity and benevolence to the poor and distressed are characteristics of good soldiers. I tell you that there are many … Continue reading

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Wednesday, October 29, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee I received the following letter from General Grant’s Headquarters: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE, 
Jackson, Tennessee October 29, 1862 Major General WILLIAM T. SHERMAN, Memphis, Tennessee I am directed by General Grant to acknowledge the receipt of your … Continue reading

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Tuesday, October 28, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee My troops caught a Mr. Sely Lewis of Memphis smuggling through our lines, one trunk, one carpet-bag and one basket containing boots, snuff, chloroform and morphine. I had Mr Lewis brought before the commission for trial and they … Continue reading

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Monday, October 27, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee The free Negroes have built a community in a ravine on the river bank just South of the Fort that they call Happy Valley. They built the community themselves with material from houses that were taken down. The … Continue reading

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Sunday, October 26, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee There has been no firing on our boats since the Gladiator, and I think we should not hesitate to make the country feel the full effects of all such attempts. I am just going to review two of … Continue reading

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Saturday, October 25, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee Recent disturbances in Memphis require that my army give aid to the police. To this effect, I have issued the following orders: GENERAL ORDERS, 
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE 
Numbers 90. 
Memphis, October 25, 1862 To … Continue reading

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Friday, October 24, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee A merchant of undoubted character was in from Holly Springs, which he left on October 21 at 10 a.m. He brought many letters from the various Confederate officers to Saint Louis and California, some of which were examined. … Continue reading

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Thursday, October 23, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee Now that the Confederates Army is in retreat and disorganized, now is the time to attack their partisans, round them up and reduce their threat. SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, 
Numbers 285 
Memphis, October 22, 1862 I. Colonel … Continue reading

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Wednesday, October 22, 1862

Memphis, Tennessee I have expelled families from Memphis as punishment for rebels firing on civilian steamboats. This has caused a great deal of consternation among the populace. I put the blame on the Partisans who fired on those boats. I … Continue reading

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