October 24, 1862: Confederates threaten Nashville

Nashville, 1862

The New York Times reprinted an editorial from Mississippi, rejoicing in Bragg’s advance northward, and predicting that he would soon retake Nashville. Buell is out of position, and Grant is threatened in Memphis, so the Grenada Appeal forecasts a siege that will bring Nashville, first Confederate capital to fall, back into the Southern fold.

Published: October 24, 1862

From the Grenada (Miss.) Appeal.

In common with every Tennesseean, our condi tion has of late been continually attracted to the situation in Middle Tennessee, and particularly a Nashville. It has been a matter of mortification that the beautiful Capital of our State has been so long permitted to remain in the hands of our enemies, and our patriotic people have only become reconcile to the state of things which existed, by entertaining the belief, undoubtedly well founded, that the armies of we Confederacy were occupied in bringing about more important results than would have been the recapture of Nashville, and that the future would accomplish, without loss of life, all that the heart of every Tenneeseean could desire.

It is evident that the hour of deliverance is near at hand. The skillful movement of Gen. BRAGG from Chattanooga has accomplished, in effect, all we could have expected. The Federal detachments, scattered through North Alabama and Middle and East Tennessee, were all forced to fall back and abandon the positions they had gained, for the purpose of assisting BUELL in his Kentucky campaign. The only exception is that of Nashville — the only Federal force in Middle Tennessee, being the garrison in that city. From the latest information we have, we learn that this is composed of only a small division, [???] or eight thousand: and these with the city, are so completely [???] in and out off from foreign communication, even with the surrounding [???] is to have already because seriously [???] for [???]. And, when we consider the wants of a population of thirty thousand citizens, added in the necessities of an army, we cannot but think that an everyday will witness the capitulation of, or evacuation of the city by, the troops that have so long oppressed the loyal Southrons of “the City of Rocks.”

All accounts from Nashville represent the resident populace remaining true to their allegiance to the State and the Confederacy. The tool of LINCOLN, ANDREW JOHNSON, has met with no encouragement in his efforts in control the future political status of the States and, in consequences of the disappointment in this respect he has experienced, his whole attention has been turned to the punishment of those who have in the last contributed to thwart his ambitious and [???] schemes. Such he has persecuted to an extent almost beyond endurance, but this persecution has only served to make them more implacable enemies of the Government against whose tyranny we have protested.

We again express the opinion that a change of rulers will soon take place — that the usurpers will be driven from our chosen places at an early day, and our constitutionally appointed servants be reinstated. The federal force in Nashville is so small that it [???] easily he captured were it not for the danger that would ensure from a direct conflict to non-combatants and public property. But they are invested, and can soon be forced to yield without [???]. They are comparatively isolated, the nearest Federal force being that of GRANT at Corinth — and he has need of all the men he has left to hold the army of PRICE and VAN DORN in check. We have reason to be hopeful, and [???] conscientiously but our Tennessee readers be of good cheer.

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