By Thomas D. Cockrell, Michael B. Ballard
A well-to-do planter and slave proprietor in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Levi Holloway Naron was once an not likely supporter of the Union. And but, on the outbreak of battle in 1861, his agitation opposed to the Confederacy so outraged his fellow Mississippians that they drove him from his domestic. Bent on retaliation, Naron headed North, contacted the Union military, and was once ushered into the presence of common William T. Sherman, who quick observed the probabilities for using this sort of guy. hence started Levi Naron’s occupation as "Chickasaw," Federal scout, secret agent, and raider.
Dictated in 1865, while his reminiscence of occasions used to be nonetheless fresh—as was once his passion—Naron’s memoir deals an extraordinary and remarkably shiny firsthand account of a southerner unswerving to the Union, working at the back of accomplice strains. lively essentially in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, Naron proved precious to Federal commanders within the West, not just Sherman yet William Rosecrans, John Pope, Grenville keep away from, Benjamin Grierson, and others—leaders whose reliable testimony to that impact is incorporated in an appendix the following. Naron stood ahead of insurgent commanders as well—Sterling cost, James Chalmers, and John C. Breckinridge—having bedeviled their protection forces and intelligence brokers. In those pages, he tells how he maneuvered below their noses, burning bridges and railcars packed with offers meant for Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood, recruiting for the Union whereas clad in a accomplice uniform, chasing down Union deserters and insurgent spies, and, for diversion, suppressing guerrillas and bushwhackers.
This long-forgotten old record, newly edited and annotated, presents vital information regarding accomplice in addition to Union espionage and counter-espionage job. Naron’s adventures remove darkness from this clandestine warfare within the West whereas permitting us to event with startling immediacy the suffering, frustrations, and convictions of a pro-Union southerner trapped contained in the accomplice States.
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Extra info for Chickasaw, a Mississippi Scout for the Union: The Civil War Memoir of Levi H. Naron, as Recounted by R. W. Surby
I was put into a room, where I found several citizens, who had been picked up the day previous. The majority of them were soldiers who were returning to their commands. 47 45. The Second Alabama Cavalry, attached to General Daniel Ruggles’s command, was apparently on scouting duty. Ruggles’s main job at the time was to protect supply depots and act as rearguard for Bragg’s army. 46. Ellistown was located northwest of Tupelo. 47. James R. Chalmers, a Virginian by birth, was a colonel in the Chickasaw, the Scout 41 Upon being brought before the Colonel I stood back, allowing others to be heard, the better to frame my story.
The vigilance committee were largely represented. The news of the di∞culty between myself and neigh15. The episode related here indicates how dangerous it could be to say publicly anything that indicated an anti-war or anti-Confederate position. See John K. , Philadelphia, PA: Porcupine Press, 1978), 213–45. J. (more familiarly called Bull Dog Jack) to ﬁght a duel. 17 They knew that I did not fear them, and were afraid to meet me on equal footing. I still continued to gather my crop and had forty bales of cotton put up, and twenty-ﬁve bushels of corn housed.
S. Census population schedules for Chickasaw County and the Land Tax Roll, Chickasaw County, 1861–1864. He eventually became captain of Company E, Thirty-First Mississippi Infantry. Naron, Narons, 31, 62; Rowland, Military History of Mississippi, 289. Chickasaw, the Scout 15 do, advising me to see those people who felt so bitter toward me and make up with them—that it was out of his power to assist me further. I told him that when it became so pressing that I could not live at home I should go North.