1861

“I have joined the Nashville Guards commanded by Major Heiman, a gallant officer who has seen service in the wilds of Mexico.” [William L. B. Lawrence diary – Note: Adolphus Heiman, a prominent Nashville architect, designed St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Belmont Mansion, the Giles County Court- house, and many other buildings and monuments. A Colonel in the 10th TN Regiment, he was taken prisoner in 1862 and died later that year.]

1865

Senator Peart submits a petition to the State Senate “from the colored men of East Tennessee,” asking for equal rights and protection under the law: “Without our political rights, our condition is very little better than it was before.” [NYT]

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