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COLLINS, Hannah Elizabeth
Manuscript]: Eyewitness Account of The Second Battle of Memphis (August 21, 1864), as Recorded by a Young Woman present on the Campus of the State Female College
[Memphis, Tennessee, 1877. Manuscript account written in ink on the rectos of 16 sheets of 8" x 10" laid paper. The blank verso of the last sheet is lightly toned and with two small stains, otherwise the manuscript is near fine with two light horizontal folds. A neatly written memoir of approximately 2300 words describing Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's daring raid on Union-occupied Memphis and the ensuing battle that raged on and around the campus of the State Female College in August 1864. Although the work is unsigned, it presumably was written in 1877 or not long thereafter (several sheets have a watermark dated 1877). The author identifies herself at the time of the battle as: "a girl of sixteen, looking with eager eyes upon the living history daily enacted before her, [who] lived with her father, Rev. Charles Collins, formerly of Portland, in one of several large buildings located upon the college campus. This place was situated in this southern suberb [sic] between the picket line and the city, and was surrounded on all sides by camps of various regiments - almost deserted now - the able-bodied men being with Smith marching towards Oxford . ." An expedition of Union troops under General A.J. Smith had just been sent south in an attempt to capture General Forrest, rumored to be quartered in Oxford, Mississippi. This left Memphis vulnerable, with, as she describes it, "only a few able-bodied men . left to guard camp, and one or two regiments of a hundred day men whose time was about expired." General Forrest had managed to slip away from Oxford and attack … [Click Below for Full Description]
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