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Accession number 1996.023
Catalog Number 1996.023
Collection Pearce Civil War Collection
Object Name Letter
Title Chalmers (James Ronald) Papers, 1866
Creator Chalmers (James Ronald)
Date August 27, 1866
Dates of Creation August 27, 1866
Scope & Content Letter addressed to Major W. H. Brand, dated August 27, 1866 and signed by the author. Chalmers writes this detailed account of his experiences as the Confederates retreated following the Battle of Nashville.

Chalmers reports skirmishes with the Union army after the Battle of Nashville as the Confederate army is retreating. He begins the letter with the intriguing statement, "Four of my old command are indicted and are Bill (sic) for Murder. I defended & cleared them & my old friends say that I made the greatest speech of my life." He then goes on to describe in some detail his experiences. "During the night fight I killed one man & captured another myself." And later, "This command had a series of sharp skirmishes from Columbia back to the Tennessee River, the most sever (sic) of which occurred at Richland Creek near Pulaski. In this engagement I had another hand to hand fight with a Yankee our horses' heads meeting." Finally, Chalmers expresses satisfaction at Brand's long deserved promotion. "I am glad to learn that you merit now at last rewarded & appreciated by our War Dept. & hope that I was to serve extent instrumental in getting your promotion."
Finding Aids Available in the archives or online at
People Chalmers, James Ronald, General(author)
Bedford, General
Thomas W. Brown
Col. E.W. Rucker
Luis Caps
William Taylor
Major W.H. Brand (recipient)
Search Terms Wounds and injuries
Subjects Battle of Nashville
Battle of Franklin
Battle of Brentwood
Memphis, TN
Hermands, MS
Nashville, TN
Murphreesboro, AR
Columbia, SC
Spring Hill, TN
Franklin, TN
Pulaski, TN
Brentwood, TN
Rucker's Brigade
Jackson's Division
Tennessee River
Richland Creek
Credit line Pearce Civil War Collection
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Physical characteristics 1 item