“When you put your thumb on me and then raise it up I will be gone”: W.W. Strickland a deserter and “Florida Royal”

On this day (March 27) in 1864, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry D. Capers, commanding a Confederate detachment in Florida, filed his report on operations in Taylor and Lafayette Counties.¬† His report, in part, read: I have the honor to report that in obedience to Special Orders, No. 7 (extract), paragraphs I and II, I assumed command ofContinue reading ““When you put your thumb on me and then raise it up I will be gone”: W.W. Strickland a deserter and “Florida Royal””

“If you persist in defense, you must take the consequences”: The battle of the Sevenths at Union City

Mention the 7th Tennessee Cavalry and you must provide a qualifier – “Union” or “Confederate.” While this is not unique to that particular regiment, with several numbered Tennessee union regiments of infantry and cavalry on the records, what does set those “Sevenths” apart from the others is what happened on March 24, 1864.¬† On thatContinue reading ““If you persist in defense, you must take the consequences”: The battle of the Sevenths at Union City”

150 years ago: Making West Tennessee safe for Union men

Far from the front lines, the Civil War was still very active in northwestern Tennessee 150 years ago: UNION CITY, November 28, 1862. ¬†Brigadier-General SULLIVAN: I have reliable information that three of the most prominent Union citizens of this county were last night captured at or near Troy, in this county, a town noted forContinue reading “150 years ago: Making West Tennessee safe for Union men”