This letter was posted to the Hickman County mail list.I thought some of you might like to see it:
Excerpts from "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies", Series II, Vol. 3, Correspondences, Orders, etc., War Dept.] [transcribed by Mark Murphy, 5 Nov 2001]
Oxford, Miss., June 9, 1862. Major-General Halleck, U.S. Army: In my absence with the Confederate Army my family, consisting of a wife, seven daughters and one little son and my house servants, alarmed upon the approach of General Buell's column by my residence, in Maury County, Tenn., abandoned my residence and fled to this place.I had previously advised them to remain at home, assuring them of protection from violence and insult by Federal officers.My object in addressing you is to obtain from yourself a passport for them to return home to Maury County, Tenn., and a safeguard for themselves, my servants (sixteen in number), including about eight children, and my carriage and wagons for removal of such articles of furniture as they have with them.General Negley told my brother some four weeks since that he would invite them back if he thought they would return, but it is now impossible for me to communicate with him.My son-in-law, Thomas J. Brown, is with my family and a part of it.He is a private citizen, in no way connected with the Confederate Army, and has not been since the troubles commenced.When and while at Columbus, Ky., I extended the protection asked in many cases to the Union men and their families, including the families of those in the Federal Army. I am, with respect, Gideon J. Pillow.