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Jefferson Davis announces the release of Congressman Thomas A.R. Nelson in return for “satisfactory pledges to the authorities respecting his future conduct.” [Richmond Whig]

Meanwhile, General Zollicoffer issues orders to his troops to respect the personal and property rights of all citizens of East Tennessee, regardless of their political opinions. [New York Times, p. 3]

A letter from Parson Brownlow to a friend in Washington is widely published. It says, in part:

“An order has been made, at Richmond, to suppress the publication of the Knoxville Whig, but the notice has not been served on me yet. I have given them the devil in this day’s paper, and I shall continue to say just what I please, until my office is closed or destroyed by brute force …. I will starve, or beg my bread of Union men, before I will surrender to this vile heresy of secession.”

[New York Times, p. 3]

Gov. Harris declares Kentucky’s policy of armed neutrality a hostile act

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The fifteenth and sixteenth states to join the United States of America, Kentucky and Tennessee were cut from a common cloth — the rich region of the Ohio River Valley. Abounding with mountainous regions and fertile farmlands, these two slaveholding states were as closely tied to one another, both culturally and economically, as they were to the rest of the South. Yet when the Civil War erupted, Tennessee chose to secede while Kentucky remained part of the Union. The residents of Kentucky and Tennessee felt the full impact of the fighting as warring armies crossed back and forth across their borders. Due to Kentucky’s strategic location, both the Union and the Confederacy sought to control it throughout the war, while Tennessee was second only to Virginia in the number of battles fought on its soil. Additionally, loyalties in each state were closely divided between the Union and the Confederacy, making wartime governance — and personal relationships — complex. In Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee, editors Kent T. Dollar, Larry H. Whiteaker, and W. Calvin Dickinson explore how the war affected these two crucial states, and how they helped change the course of the war.

Book description: Sister States, Enemy States

Gov. Isham Harris calls for 30,000 volunteers to make up a reserve corps. Supreme Court Justice John C. Catron, of the U.S. Supreme Court, is expelled from Nashville by the Vigilance Committee because of his refusal to resign his judgeship. He is forced to leave his ailing wife behind. [NYT, p. 81]

A report from Knoxville claims that Gen. Zollicoffer of the Tennessee troops has suppressed Parson Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig.

According to the Chicago Tribune, General Pillow, with 20,000 Tennessee troops, has moved into southeastern Missouri

Letter from James M. Drane, 14th Tennessee, written to his father (from Nashville):

Tell mother If she hears of our getting in a fight, not to make herself uneasy—for if we fall it will be in defence of our country.

Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee is a traveling exhibit created by the museum to explore the development and impact of mounted warfare in Tennessee during the Civil War.

Funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the traveling exhibition opened at Travellers Rest Historic House Museum in June of 2007 and continues to travel across Tennessee through the early part of 2010.

Drawing upon artifacts, photographs, drawings, and art from the collection of the Museum, the exhibition explores seven thematic areas: (1) Leaders (commanders such as Nathan Bedford Forrest, John Hunt Morgan, Samuel Carter, and John Wilder), (2) Troopers, (3) Horses and Mules, (4) Occupation and the home front, (5) Spies, Scouts, Partisans and Guerillas, (6) Battles in Tennessee, and (7) the Legacy. Each section includes photos, graphics, and artifacts explaining the role of mounted warfare during the Civil War era.

Due to mounted warfare, the home front often became the battle field as mounted soldiers skirmished on the streets of Memphis, Murfreesboro, Greeneville, and hundreds of towns and communities across the state. Indeed, every county of the state felt the impact of Union and Confederate cavalry thundering across the state as part of a raiding party, occupation force, or guerilla band. Each community had its unique experience with Civil War cavalry forces and the State Museum has encouraged each venue hosting the exhibition to develop a local history component to compliment the traveling exhibition.

For more information contact Myers Brown, Curator of Extension Services, at 615-741-2692 or by email at

2011 schedule

January – MarchMcMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens

May – JulyKenosha, Wisconsin Civil War Museum (tentative)

August – October | West TN Welcome Center, Brownsville

Future dates are subject to change. Contact the specific institution for more precise information.

November – DecemberCarnton Plantation, Franklin, TN


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