1862

Grant continues to besiege Fort Donelson as he waits for the Navy gunboats to arrive. Grant’s army will later be called the Army of the Tennessee.

“By 8 P.M. the buildings completely emptied and swept. Coal & provisions on hand – 18 men working – steward & 4 Med. Assistants engaged. Quartermasters arranged with.” [Lindsley]

1863

Skirmish at Rover (Bedford County).

1864

Skirmish in Fentress County.

The Memphis Bulletin publishes a statement signed by 300 of the city’s leading citizens, recommending immediate and unconditional emancipation of all slaves as “the best, truest policy and only alternative,” and urges Tennesseans to reestablish relations with the government.

1865

A mass meeting takes place in Richmond with much discussion of the question of arming and freeing slaves, the point being that the white population is nearly exhausted, and the South must now make new sacrifices for independence. [NYT] An article on the same subject in the Richmond Whig quotes Gen. Forrest as being in favor of arming 200,000 black soldiers, but he also says he desires peace and is tired of scenes of blood.

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