1861

East Tennessee complains that the Legislature does not represent the will of the people and threatens to secede from the state. East Tennesseans Andrew Johnson and Congressman Nelson swear allegiance to the Union. [NYT, p. 1]

1862

Several skirmishes on the Elk River near Bethel.

1863

Affair near Caney Fork.

1865

Having failed to defend Alabama against Wilson’s Raid, and finally having surrendered, Nathan Bedford Forrest makes his farewell address to his troops, closing with these words:

“You have been good soldiers, you can be good citizens. Obey the laws, preserve your honor, and the Government to which you have surrendered can afford to be, and will be, magnanimous.”

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