Tag Archives: Tennessee

battle in Franklin

Another riot in the South. This one occurred 150 years ago this week in Franklin, Tennessee at something like a political rally ahead of state-wide elections on August 1st. This would be the first Tennessee election in which black men … Continue reading

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murder of a Tennessee Unionist

150 years ago this week Dr. Almon Case, a Unionist State Senator in Tennessee, was shot dead by Frank Farris, a former Confederate guerrilla. From The New-York Times January 21, 1867: Cold-Blooded Assassination of a Tennessee State Senator. From the … Continue reading

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restoration and readmission

On July 18, 1866 Tennessee became the third United state (and first ex-Confederate state) to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. On July 24, 1866 both houses of the United States Congress began accepting representatives from Tennessee. … Continue reading

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delegation from the unknown

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 13, 1865: Associated Press dispatches. Congressional proceedings. Washington, December12. –Senate.–Mr. Davis, of Kentucky, offered a resolution, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee, declaring that whereas there is no longer rebellion in the limits … Continue reading

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petition for legal protection

On February 22, 1865 “Tennessee voters approve a new state constitution that abolishes slavery” According to this report, on the same day that President Lincoln was shot, black men in Tennessee petitioned the state senate for legal rights. Freedom wouldn’t … Continue reading

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His Three Sons

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June 24, 1862: Neil S. Brown. –The Knoxville Register relates an incident which followed Neil S. Brown’s apostasy, which was calculated to bring a blush to the cheeks of the most hardened renegade. Brown has … Continue reading

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Senator Johnson Takes Aim

150 years ago today Senator Andrew Johnson from Tennessee made a fired-up speech in the U.S. Senate. His jumping off point was a response to Louisiana Senator Benjamin’s departing words as he left the Senate as a result of Louisiana’s … Continue reading

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