A communication received from Parson Brownlow casts doubt on the hero stories of the previous week:

“I have never, at any time, left Knoxville or elsewhere with any guns …. I voluntarily signed a communication to Gen. Zollicoffer, weeks ago, together with 15 or 20 other gentlemen, pledging ourselves to promote peace, and to urge Union men not to rebel … or to commit any outrages whatever …. I signed it in good faith, and I have kept that faith. ”
[NYT, p. 1]