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The following day, the New York Times carries this information:
“The only fortification on the Tennessee River, of much importance, is Fort Henry …. The armament of the fort consists of eight 32-pounders, four 12-pounders, and two 6-pounders …. At Dover, about a day’s march from Fort Henry (westward), is the principal fortification on the Cumberland, below Clarkesville.
[Note: the writer is referring to Fort Donelson.]
It mounts twelve 32-pounders. Some 3,000 troops are reported to be at this point, with some field artillery…. Steps are also being taken for the erection of fortifications near Nashville; but not much has yet been done.
The Cincinnati Gazette quotes from a letter received from a reader who has just traveled from Tennessee:
“There is no place between Bowling Green and Nashville that admits of defence. At Nashville they are making preparations to resist the anticipated attack, and … if we wait on them till next year, they will probably be able to make a successful defense … [but] the progress is very slow. “
A troop of Union men from Williamsburgh, Kentucky, march on Huntsville TN, capture five rebel troops, tear down the Confederate flag, and raise the stars and stripes. They capture horses and equipment, and return to Kentucky. Kentucky newspapers carry frequent stories about refugees from Tennessee – Union sympathizers seeking sanctuary, like the 1500 recently arrived from Weakley County.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s office announced Monday, December 12th that the Tennessee State Museum will display the treasured Emancipation Proclamation document, signed by Abraham Lincoln, during an exhibit to be hosted in 2013 at the state museum called “Discovering the Civil War“.
The rare document to be on display in Nashville will be the only site in the Southeast to host it.
When will it be on display? It will be on display during a six day period, during planned intervals of time (to be announced) since the document can only be exposed to 72 hours of light during its visit. The treasured document rarely leaves the National Archives.
“The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery and has become one of the country’s most treasured documents. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt,” said the Haslam-office press release.
Here is a copy of the document to be displayed.
Martial law is declared in East Tennessee.
Gen. Zollicoffer continues to haunt the southern Kentucky border.
A communication received from Parson Brownlow casts doubt on the hero stories of the previous week:
“I have never, at any time, left Knoxville or elsewhere with any guns …. I voluntarily signed a communication to Gen. Zollicoffer, weeks ago, together with 15 or 20 other gentlemen, pledging ourselves to promote peace, and to urge Union men not to rebel … or to commit any outrages whatever …. I signed it in good faith, and I have kept that faith. “
[NYT, p. 1]
TN The Memphis Appeal publishes a letter from Gen. Pressevant criticizing the Confederate defenses at and above Memphis. He insists that, if Columbus were lost, Memphis would be “entirely defenceless and indefensible.” A letter from Gen. Pillow to the Memphis Press insists that “we can and will hold the position against any force the enemy can bring against it,” he asks that all volunteers “remain in Memphis until they organize into companies and battalions. They must also understand that they must submit to military discipline and government.
TN The Memphis Avalanche reports, “A large body of Unionists attacked the Confederate forces at Morristown, Eastern Tennessee, yesterday, killing a large number, and completely routing them.” Other papers say that the Federal forces, 3,000 strong, were led by Parson Brownlow, and that Major General George Crittenden has arrived at Knoxville to take command of the rebel forces. Over The next several days, Northern newspapers will make much of “the gallant” Brownlow’s win as “the most brilliant Union victory of the year.” [NYT]