1861

Tennessee enters into a “military league” with the Confederate government. Unfortunately, the state treasury is empty, and the state deeply in debt.

1863

Gen. Earl Van Dorn is murdered in his Spring Hill headquarters (Ferguson Hall) by an irate civilian, Dr. Peters of Maury County, who claims Van Dorn has been carrying on an affair with his wife (and who is never brought to trial for the murder).

Bloodstains on the floor at Ferguson Hall, believed to be those of Earl Van Dorn.

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