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Letter sent to Daily News Journal by Camp 33 Adjutant, James Patterson.

 

County has plenty of Confederate history

 

 To the editor,

     On Feb. 24, 1998, Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist signed a proclamation declaring April "Confederate History Month" in Tennessee. For the residents of Rutherford County, this is important, since the greatest tourist attractions in Rutherford County are directly related to the  Civil War. Approximately 250,000 people visit Stones River National Battlefield annually, many visiting the Sam Davis Home, Oaklands Mansion and the Rutherford County Courthouse as Civil War-era tourist sites.

     To observe Confederate History Month, citizens of Rutherford County should learn about sites, persons and events that are tied to the  Confederacy that Rutherford County was a part of for the four-year war.

     Along with the Battle of Stones River and N.B. Forrest's Courthouse raid and liberation of Murfreesboro, there were several other smaller battles: Wheeler's attack on Murfreesboro in October 1863; the attack of Fortress Rosecrans, called the "Battle of the Cedars," led by Forrest  and Gen. Joseph Palmer in December 1864; and the Battle of La Vergne that was a prelude to the Battle of Stones River.

     The Confederate Circle in Evergreen Cemetery is the last resting place for several thousand Confederate soldiers that died in battles in

 Rutherford County. Confederate Gen. Joseph Palmer (pre-Civil War mayor of Murfreesboro and the only Confederate general that was a

 resident of Rutherford County), Maj. C.W. Anderson (Adjutant to Forrest) and many other Confederate veterans are buried in Evergreen  Cemetery.

     There are several events that may not be as dramatic as the Battle of Stones River, but are still as important. Two of them are the visit of

 Confederate President Jeff Davis to Murfreesboro, and the wedding of Gen. John Hunt Morgan to the local Martha Ready.

     There is another Confederate martyr that is not as famous as Sam Davis, but was just as heroic -- Dewitt Smith Jobe. He was captured in  Triune and declared to be a spy. He was tortured and dragged behind a horse until dead because of his secrecy.

     Miss Kate Patterson of La Vergne was a Confederate spy, a cousin to Sam Davis, and is the only woman buried in the Confederate Circle at Mt. Olivet in Nashville. These people and events, along with the stories of the thousands of Confederate soldiers and citizens, make up the  Confederate history of Rutherford County.

     If any of the readers of the DNJ are male descendants of a Confederate soldier, they can join the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The  national organization was founded in 1896, and the local camp was chartered in 1978. This is solely a historical organization dedicated to  preserving the legacy of the Confederate soldier. Anyone interested in joining can contact the local camp at this address: James Patterson,  Adjutant, Murfreesboro Camp #33, Sons of Confederate Veterans, P.O. Box 1915, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1915.

     James Patterson

Sons of Confederate Veterans