Since several of you enjoyed yesterday's post on local reactions to the Battle of Memphis, I thought you might also like this account from yesterday's Commercial Appeal. It appeared as a separate article describing one of the festivities taking place this month.
Davies Manor Plantation is hosting a Civil War living history on Saturday and Sunday. The event will offer insight into the daily life of the Morning Sun settlement in June of 1862. Historians will portray the civilians and military personnel who might have been in the town on June 30, 1862, the date 150 years ago when a small skirmish occurred.
In 1862, Morning Sun (now Davies Plantation) was a small community close to Memphis, centered around a small church. In late June that year, it was witness to a Confederate attack on a Union supply train. It is documented that the residents of Davies Manor watched the passing of the supply train on its way to Memphis and heard the gunfire, which caused the mule teams to stampede.
Francis Vaughn Davies kept a watchful eye and ear as she went about her chores that day. Looking out a front window, she saw near her front gate a Union officer holding the bridle of her horse Summoning all her courage while searching for a weapon, she rushed from the house and down the brick sidewalk, concealing a sharpened butcher knife in the folds of her full skirt. Confronting the officer, she twice requested that he leave her the horse.
"I am confiscating this horse in the name of the Union army," he replied. Mrs. Davies took the horse's bit in one hand and with the other slashed the reins in two. Standing poised and holding her horse, she said, "Sir, I have my horse. You go." Astounded, he left.
Apparently, Mrs. Davies was one of those who refused to give up!