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NASHVILLE, July 13, 1861. His Excellency JEFFERSON DAVIS, Richmond, Va.:

I approve the appointments of Pillow, Anderson, and Donelson, but they are all Democrats. Though not consulted, I shall be held responsible here for your appointments in the State. I therefore venture to express the hope that you will appoint the other generals heretofore appointed by me: F. K. Zollicoffer, Will- iam R. Caswell, B. F. Cheatham, Robert C. Foster, third, and John L. T. Sneed,

all good and competent men, and all WhigsNOTE 1 except Cheatham. It is a political necessity, as well as strict justice, that the Whig element be fully rec- ognized. We will have twenty-five infantry regiments. Answer.

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OR, Ser. IV, Vol. 1, pp. 474-475.


Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures U.S. garrison at Murfreesboro; skirmish near Wolf River.

“Nearly all whom I have met on this side of the water are rabid abolition- ists…. It is surprising that so sagacious a people as the citizens of the Northern States, should not see that such conduct renders a re-establishment of the Union infinitely more difficult—not to say impossible—and ‘thrice arms’ their foes, for it makes their ‘quarrels just,’ whatever it may have been in the outset. Everything that happens tends more and more to convince me of my first conclusion in regard to this unhappy civil war—that it will continue until both sides are completely exhausted and bankrupt—and then—God help us—for human sagacity cannot foresee what will happen!” [Cooper, W.F., letter to his father]


Cavalry skirmish at Jackson; skirmish at Forked Deer River.


Reports reach Nashville that Sherman’s forces have reached the Chattahoochee River, captured 3,000 prisoners, and recovered numerous deserters. [NYT]

Use the TN Civil War GIS Map with this site.



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