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An 8 March 1862 letter from Nashville, Tennessee, details the execution of a soldier:

I witnessed a seen which is not often enacted, the execution of Michael O Chonwel, Private 24 Ohio Regt, shot for attempting to kill a corporal as he was trying to desert. He shot 4 times as the corporal, but missed him. He pleaded guilty & was sentenced to be shot. They marched him around in front of the brigade twice as it was drawn up in close order, so all could see at the same time, playing the death march with his coffin in front of him. He was a brave fellow. He even kept time with ther music when he was shot. He stood by the side of his coffin when he fell partially lengthways & then rolled off on the ground. The blood can be seen there, yet it seemed rather cool, but I have seen so manny shot, I did not think much about it. You may calculate there is a quite a large squash of men here.

Source: Nate D. Sanders auction

1862

Maj. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith (C.S.) takes command of the Department of East Tennessee at Knoxville.

Tennessee Historical Marker, Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee, War Comes to Savannah

On March 8, 1862 the pro-Union citizens of Savannah turned out to greet the 40th Illinois Infantry, the vanguard of 40,000-man Union invasion force. Residents cheered as the Illinois troops trudged off the steamer Golden Gate formed into ranks, and marched up the slope into town. Within the week, a Union flotilla of more than 80 steamboats would crowd the banks of the Tennessee above and below the town.
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1863

Skirmishes at and near Triune and at Thompson’s Station.

1865

Skirmish in Jackson County.

1862

Maj. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith (C.S.) takes command of the Department of East Tennessee at Knoxville.

Tennessee Historical Marker, Savannah in Hardin County, Tennessee, War Comes to Savannah

On March 8, 1862 the pro-Union citizens of Savannah turned out to greet the 40th Illinois Infantry, the vanguard of 40,000-man Union invasion force. Residents cheered as the Illinois troops trudged off the steamer Golden Gate formed into ranks, and marched up the slope into town. Within the week, a Union flotilla of more than 80 steamboats would crowd the banks of the Tennessee above and below the town.
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1863

Skirmishes at and near Triune and at Thompson’s Station.

1865

Skirmish in Jackson County.

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