On Sept. 10, Lowe reported to Rawlins that he had left Fort Donelson on Sept. 5 with about 1,030 men. After driving off troops under Col. Thomas G. Woodward, he had occupied Clarksville on the night of Sept. 7. While there, Lowe destroyed hay and commissary stores, and required citizens of the town to furnish rations for his command. O. R., I, xvi, part 1, 955-56. On Sept. 15, a group of citizens of Clarksville wrote to USG outlining events through Sept. 7, and complaining of the actions of Lowe's troops. "Then commenced a series of outrages, robberies and insults upon the citizens without regard to sex or con- dition, which we believe to be without parallel, except in the case of Athens, Ala., in the present war and unknown to the civilized warfare of modern times.... The country along the line of march was utterly devastated for thirty miles on both sides of the road. Cattle were shot, hogs killed and stolen. The residences of the city were indiscriminately visited by inflamed and drunken soldiery. Horses were stolen and negroes did not escape the general spoliation. Everything indi- cated that the city was in the hands of brutal, indecent, and unprincipled band of thieves, from whose unbridled license no moderation or gentlemanly treatment could be expected. The citizens were preemptorily required to furnish subsistence upon pain of having their houses fired by the incendiaries' torches. Stores were broken open and thousands of dollars worth of goods destroyed. From Sunday noon until Monday noon, a reign of terror, kept alive by every species of outrage, was established in this city...." In conclusion, they asked USG for redress. Ursula Smith Beach, Along the Warioto or a History of Montgomery County, Ten- nessee (n.p., 1964), p. 364. Apparently receiving no satisfaction from USG, the citizens complained to Jefferson Davis about the situation. O. R., I, xvii, part 2, 730-32.
Head Quarters, Dist. of West. Tenn
Corinth, Miss. Aug. 22nd 1862
MAJOR GEN. H. W. HALLECK
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram, dated Aug. 21st in relation to the case of Lieut. Col. Thomas. H.