1861

Memphis follows the example of Mississippi and Louisiana and begins to set up blockades and cannons along the Mississippi. [Memphis Avalanche] A couple of near-misses with freight and passenger ships create a mood of indignation and outrage among those traveling on the river. [Vicksburg Sun]

1862

The first sketchy reports of the battle in Kentucky appear: “We only know that the battle was offered by the rebels, and lost by them, after what must have been a fierce conflict, and the sacrifice of two leaders as conspicuous as Zollicoffer and young Bailie Peyton [Junior, age 28]. The vanquished fell back to their intrenchments at Mill Spring. Thither they were pursued by the victors, assailed, and finally obliged to capitulate.” [New York Times, p. 4]

1863

Skirmish on Shelbyville Pike; capture of railroad train near Murfreesboro.

1864

Skirmish at Strawberry Plains. Unionists meet at Nashville and call for a Constitutional Convention to re-establish civil government in Tennessee. A report from Cincinnati states that two trains run daily from Chattanooga to Nashville, making the trip in 19 hours.

1865

A report from Nashville states that, as battle casualties fall off significantly in the area, some of the buildings co-opted for use as hospitals are being closed. “All the churches have been restored to their owners, and will be swept, garnished and fitted up for religious worship.” [New York Times]

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