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    • "City of Memphis" at river landing

    • The "City of Memphis" is moored at the shore while cargo is loaded on board via a boom gangplank. Several well dressed men and women seem to be waiting to board. The tall stacks are belching black smoke in preparation for moving. Individuals are...
    • approximately 1900
    • Church minute book

    • This small book was recovered from the rafters of Caton's United Methodist Church in Cocke County, Tenn. It has a plea to the county clerk to take care of a destitute woman who needs corn, meat and shoes. The entries seem to be providing money to...
    • 1863 February 25
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    • In this entry Lucy writes of a visit from General Morgan and his wife. Lucy liked Mrs. Morgan although she was not brillant. There was a Ball with meager food and clothes that were reworked.. She writes that events in Vicksburg & Charleston are...
    • 1863 February 15
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    • In this entry Lucy Virgiria writes of attending church & hearing Dr. Hopson preach, who was Gen. Morgans chaplin. She liked the sermon. Her three children began school again and the school room required much prepapration. Her children complained...
    • 1863 March 11
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    • In this entry Lucy Virginia writes of robbers attacking and threatening Beersheba Springs. Apparently robberies have been committed on unoccupied cottages where blankets, bedding, china and clothing have been taken. However the area is well...
    • 1863 June 10
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    • Lucy Virginia writes of 2 Union officers wanting to search the house befoe Christmas for Beersheba [Hotel] property. They left convinced that they were duped by the persons who sent them. All Christmas gifts were homemade and consisted of cakes,...
    • 1863 December 27
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    • French writes of a feeling of sadness and the long and terrible strain caused by the war. The 1864 presidential election is very much on her mind. She wants to leave the country if Abe and Andy are elected. All the things from Beersheba Springs...
    • 1864 October 30
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    • 1865 presidential election is over & LV is surprised that there is no hue & cry over the election either for or against. She received a letter from Lide. She & family spent the summer at Mackinaw & Cheboygan & returned to Memphis in October. Col....
    • 1864 November 20
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    • March 2, 1862 diary entry - LVF writes that the Federals have taken possession of Nashville. She did not go to church as Mrs. Spurlock had borrowed the buggy to go to Murfreesboro to see her husband. Gen. Buell made a speech to the Nashville...
    • 1862 March 2
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    • June 15, 1862, diary entry - Discusses the Union Army taking food and horses. "I venture tp write a little in this brief journal though I may have to burn it ere long--As a perfect reign of terror is upon us. On Thursday last--the 12th, a force of...
    • 1862 June 15
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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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    • 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. writes thatYankees intended to burn up this end of town because it was illuminated when Forrest brought the prisoners up from Murfreesboro. The illumination was because Gen. Forrest had requested that the citizens have water set out all...
    • 1862 October 7
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    • "Darlin" planning a new home in the octagonal shape. LVF wonders if it is folly to think of it with bacon 50 a pound, flour $15 a barrel and calico $1 per yard. No provisons for travellers in Chattanooga. A clipping in the diary from the October...
    • 1862 November 2
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    • The Battle of Stones River was to decide whether or not the French family were still to have a home, or be sent forth as refugees to find a sojourning place in a land of strangers. Cannonading was heard in the direction of Murfreesboro. Everything...
    • 1862 December 31

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