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Letter from a Lady.

One of the fair daughters of Sevier county, writes the following, which will explain itself:

Dr. Brownlow: – We learn that the Secession Ladies of Strawberry Plains (that

secession locality of which the Professor speaks) are collecting seces- sion papers and intend distributing them in the benighted county of Sevier to enlighten us on the affairs of the nation. We are not so ignorant in the county that we refuse to be instructed. Send them on! As your sole intention is to do good, I would suggest that you get Professor L. of the College, to be your mis- sionary.

If you can prevail on him to enlighten us we will board him free of charge. We would be glad if he would go to the Post Office, at the Plains, before starting on his missionary tour, and ascertain why the Whig comes to our county so irregularly.

We are loyal, good meaning people, and wish our husbands and brothers to vote right if we know it. Come on with your papers; be sure and bring the Knoxville Register but no brick-bats Sisters, if you conclude to send Professor L., do give him a liberal salary, he will then take some pains to enlighten us,

and will have more money to pay sister Gregory for board. Sisters, if you conclude not to send a missionary, don’t mail the precious documents at the Plains, as we understand papers are sometimes changed when put in that office. Hoping to be enlightened before the next election, I remain



Skirmish near Mt. Pleasant/Columbia.

Negley’s Federal force attacks 30 Reb guerillas in cornfield south of Franklin.


Skirmish on Stone’s River.


John Bell Hood replaces General Joseph Johnston as commander of the Army of Tennessee. Hood will be more aggressive in facing Sherman’s invasion, leading A series of damaging frontal assaults on the Union Army. However, his brash style proves ineffective, as it will cost him not only Atlanta (within six weeks), but also much of his army (in the Franklin-Nashville campaign in December). Much of his ineffectuality seems to stem from his unwillingness to abandon his original plans, even when all the evidence points to their failure.

Use the TN Civil War GIS Map with this site.



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