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    • 1852 Sharp's carbine

    • .52 caliber single-shot civilian (sporting) model Sharp's carbine carried by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Keys, Co. G, 60th Tenn. Inf. Regt., CSA. "C. Sharp Patent 1848" is stamped on the metal plate. Keys probably used the weapon after his unit was mounted in...
    • 1850-1860
    • Bowie Knife

    • This side knife or Bowie knife was made in Holladay, Benton County, Tennessee. The knife appears to be hand made and has a wooden handle and a crude, metal guard. Many homemade knives were carried off to war by volunteer soldiers in 1861. The...
    • 1860-1880
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    • February 22 1862, diary entry - LVF writes of the Northern victory at Fort Donelson and tells that Nashville has been surrendered to the Union (actual date Feb. 25, 1862). Gens. Floyd & Pillow escaped Fort Donelson with some troops, but Buckner is...
    • 1862 February 22
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    • March 30, 1862, diary entry - States that they have been cut off from all communication with either North or South. On Sunday last our mail stopped - the train being taken off to prevent its falling into the hands of the Yankees. "I was sitting in...
    • 1862 March 30
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    • Begins the passage on Sunday in bed and unwell - past week reading, sewing and teaching the children - pleasant moonlight rides with Darlin'. Letter from Mollie about Jimmy being in Vicksburg with his regiment. - Writes of McClellan's defeat...
    • 1862 July 6
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    • Passage begins, "It is all over -- and a glorious victory remains with the South!" L.V.F. goes on to describe General Crittenden and men being made prisoners by General Forrest and his men. 13 wagons of supplies captured [1st Battle of...
    • 1862 July 17
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    • Passage begins, "It is all over -- and a glorious victory remains with the South!" L.V.F. goes on to describe General Crittenden and men being made prisoners by General Forrest and his men. 13 wagons of supplies captured [1st Battle of...
    • 1862 July 17
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    • Passage begins, "It is all over -- and a glorious victory remains with the South!" L.V.F. goes on to describe General Crittenden and men being made prisoners by General Forrest and his men. 13 wagons of supplies captured [1st Battle of...
    • 1862 July 17
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    • L.V.F. discusses Forrests forces and a Federal force of about 4000-5000 in the vicinity of Manchester. The children walked with Mammy and Martha to visit Grandma Lyon. They returned highly pleased, but tired. She had a letter from Lide, written in...
    • 1862 July 27
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    • L.V.F. is relieved that her husbands birthday means he is now too old to be drafted into military service. She compares the Federal troops to an Egyptian plague from the Bible because of their rough foraging for provisions. Cooper [one of the...
    • 1862 August 10
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    • L.V.F. is relieved that her husbands birthday means he is now too old to be drafted into military service. She compares the Federal troops to an Egyptian plague from the Bible because of their rough foraging for provisions. Cooper [one of the...
    • 1862 August 10
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    • L.V.F. is relieved that her husbands birthday means he is now too old to be drafted into military service. She compares the Federal troops to an Egyptian plague from the Bible because of their rough foraging for provisions. Cooper [one of the...
    • 1862 August 10

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