1864

From the New York Times correspondent in Nashville:

“Columbia, a charming town about 40 miles south …, has been a notoriously disloyal town. The inhabitants … have taken oaths by the batch, yet still practice the most unheard of crimes, all arising from their ever-existing hatred to the Government. Something transpires in this Bedlam weekly of a distressing nature. On the 15th ult. two soldiers were found dead in the streets, one having a nail drove into his head …. The citizens of Murfreesboro have been for the last three weeks getting up a Union meeting …. This is rather a suspicious town, and contains precious little element of a loyal smack. It was said that there were but six Union families in the town during the battle of Stone River.”

1865

Sally Wendel Fentress has reconsidered her earlier harsh comments about the assassination:

“Papers of a late date give an account of Mr. Lincoln’s funeral. Everything went off in grand style. His death was, as bad, the worst blow the South has ever sustained. Although I am not an admirer of Mr. Lincoln yet I still deplore his loss to the people of the North. He was always so much more lenient to his fellow countrymen…than any other Northerner. But it may be for the better that this great tragedy has been enacted at the closing scenes of this bloody drama. If we are treated as a magnanimous foe everything may now be settled amicably, but if persecutions such as hanging, robbing, taunts, jeers and inhumanity are to be practiced, trouble has only commenced.” [Diary, 1865]

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