By Thomas D. Cockrell, Michael B. Ballard
A well-to-do planter and slave proprietor in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Levi Holloway Naron used to be an not going supporter of the Union. And but, on the outbreak of warfare 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 used to be ushered into the presence of common William T. Sherman, who speedy observed the chances for making use of this type of guy. therefore all started Levi Naron’s profession as "Chickasaw," Federal scout, secret agent, and raider.
Dictated in 1865, whilst his reminiscence of occasions used to be nonetheless fresh—as was once his passion—Naron’s memoir deals a unprecedented and remarkably bright firsthand account of a southerner unswerving to the Union, working in the back of accomplice strains. energetic essentially in northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, Naron proved necessary to Federal commanders within the West, not just Sherman yet William Rosecrans, John Pope, Grenville avert, Benjamin Grierson, and others—leaders whose respectable testimony to that influence is integrated in an appendix right here. Naron stood ahead of insurgent commanders as well—Sterling fee, James Chalmers, and John C. Breckinridge—having bedeviled their safety 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 historic record, newly edited and annotated, offers quintessential information regarding accomplice in addition to Union espionage and counter-espionage task. Naron’s adventures light up this clandestine conflict within the West whereas permitting us to event with startling immediacy the discomfort, frustrations, and convictions of a pro-Union southerner trapped contained in the accomplice States.
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Oglesby’s headquarters. It was then after night. I informed the General who I was, and he dismissed the guard and ordered his cook to prepare me some supper, after which he informed me that General Pope had moved his headquarters to Corinth, and that he was going there the next day, and I should accompany 38 Chickasaw, a Mississippi Scout for the Union him. 43 I had been gone just six days, and had completely circumnavigated the Confederate army. I arrived at Clear Creek, near Corinth, where I found General Pope and reported.
Likely refer to John R. S. Census and the Personal Property Tax Roll, Chickasaw County, 1863. , that, springing up from his seat, he said that no one but a d——d fool and coward would talk in that style. ) This outburst of passion and insulting language ﬁred me in an instant, and I told him there were those around who would testify that I was no coward, and for him to choose his weapons then and there. If he would not I said that he must take it back or ﬁght me. This created quite a commotion among the bystanders[,] and my friends ﬂocked to me while his gathered on his side.
Beauregard had taken command of the Confederate army after Albert Sidney Johnston’s death on the ﬁrst day of battle at Shiloh. Beauregard occupied Corinth after the Confederate withdrawal from Shiloh on April 7. His retreat south was well executed, as he was able to take his army to Tupelo without Union generals knowing he had left. 40 I set out on foot, and after traveling two days arrived at General Popes’s headquarters, then stationed at Booneville, on the Mississippi [Mobile] and Ohio Railroad, twenty-ﬁve miles south of Corinth.
Chickasaw, a Mississippi Scout for the Union: The Civil War Memoir of Levi H. Naron, as Recounted by R. W. Surby by Thomas D. Cockrell, Michael B. Ballard