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Reliable News from Nashville March 6 1862

Holland Nimmons McTyeire
Written March 6, 1862
John James Tigert IV Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

This letter was handwritten in 1862 by Holland McTyeire following the fall of Nashville. Here he describes returning to the city to burn his papers so that they wouldn’t fall into Union hands. McTyeire then laments how weakly the Confederate army had defended the city, describing the “tameness of the surrender” as one that “must have made the bones of Andrew Jackson turn in his grave at the Hermitage.”