Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Knoxville, Tenn., October 2d, 1863.

We are shut out from all intercourse with the rest of the world. Even Dame Rumor has retired behind the scenes, exhausted, doubtless, by the herculean efforts she has put forth the last few days. By the last and only mail we have had since we came here, we received a bundle of Detroit Tribunes, dated September 15th. Since then the silence of isolation has enveloped us. There is a tiny sheet published daily at Knoxville. It is silent on all except local subjects, and nearly so on them. I notice, in yesterday’s edition, a convention has been held by the people of this county to nominate delegates to a state convention, to be held at Nashville, for the purpose of nominating a state ticket. The delegates pledge themselvs to support no candidate who is not truly loyal. Thus, while politicians and demagogues are wrangling over “reconstruction and territorial admission,” the people are solving the most difficult problem by the most simple process.

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