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OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 1, vol 52, Part 2 (Supplements) SW. VA., KY., TENN., MISS., ALA., W. FLA., & N. GA. Chapter LXIV. Pages 394 -395

La Vergne, Tenn., December 1, 1862.

[Colonel GEO. WM. BRENT:]

COLONEL: I have the honor to state that the enemy have been for the last month burning all unoccupied houses between La Vergne and Nashville. Up to this time they have, to my knowledge, burned more than tweny houses. At and near La Vergne, last Thursday, they burned several under the immediate direction of their officer. They stated that they did not intedn to leave any shelter for rebels. They take special care to burn houses near which our pickets have been stationed, but by no mean confine themselves to these.

Respectfully, colonel, your obedient servant,

Brigadier-Geneal and Chief of Cavalry.

Communication from Gen. Bragg CSA to Gen.Rosecrans USA

OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 2, vol 5, Part 1 (Prisoners of War) CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION. Page 11 - 18

Murfreesborough, Tenn., December 3, 1862.

Major General W. S. ROSECRANS,
Commanding U. S. Forces, Nashville, Tenn.

GENERAL: I inclose for your information the following papers, viz: -----------

Richmond, November 10, 1862. -----

II. Whereas, reliable information has been received that Colonel Lowe and Colonel A. C. Harding, Eighth Illinois Regiment, U. S. Army, have been engaged in a series of wanton cruelties and depredations in Clarksville Tenn., and the surrounding counties, which in many instances have resulted in the arrest, incarceration and maltreatment of non-combatants and peaceful citizens of the Confederate States, and in others in the unjustifiable destruction of private property without compensation and contrary to the rules and practice of civilized warfare: ------

By order:

Adjutant and Inspector General.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

Extract from a communication from Clarksville, Tenn.

`The commander above named and others have been and still are engaged in arresting many of the citizens of this portion of country and placing them in a loathsome dungeon and keeping them there unless they take the oath of allegiance, these citizens being in no way connected with the Confederate Army.

They have gone to the premises of many citizens seizing them and destroying or carrying away all their property of every description. In some cases they burn everything before them. They have taken away hundreds of negroes; they have visited houses insulting ladies and threatening to shoot, stab, bayonet and even burn them. They have robbed them of their wardrobes - not only of men, but those of women and children.

They are also in the habit of taking all the negroes. We in this city have been visited by these men and treated in a savage and brutal manner, and they daily threaten to return and utterly destroy the city and imprison all the citizens who do not take the oath of allegiance to the Federal Government.

The aforesaid Harding visited a church in the country and arrested two ministers of the gospel and placed them in prison, where they still are. He also took the horses and carriages from the congregation and required the persons present, both male and female, to take the oath or go to prison, and he proclaims that every man in the country shall be arrested and either take the oath or go to the dungeon. -------------


[Inclosure Numbers 3.]

Same as first entry on this page


[Inclosure Numbers 4.]

Extract from report of officer commanding pickets on the Lebanon road, December 1.

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He says they are destroying and burning everything in their route, taking even the shoes from the feet of the women. They have a large number of wagons and are evidently on a marauding expedition.

The remainder of this communication deals with the treatment of Confederate doctors which Iwill not record at this time. GP