Sam Houston is the only man in U.S. history to serve as a teacher,
soldier, shop keeper, lawyer, Indian Agent, Congressman, General,
President, and was the 7th Governor of both Tennessee and Texas.
When Memphis fell in 1862, the crew of the "Memphis Appeal" loaded
their press on a train and for the next 3 years continued to publish
on the run. Generals Grant and Sherman posted orders to capture
the newspaper crew and its editor. During this time, circulation
for the "Appeal" increased over 700% making it the most read newspaper
during the war.
Confederate Corporal Henry Morton Stanley fought at the Battle of
Shiloh. His real name was John Rowlands. He took the name of the
New Orleans merchant that adopted him. Stanley was recognized as
one of the 19th Century's most famous explorers when, on assignment
for the "New York Herald", he trekked through the African wilderness
and found Dr. Livingston.
The British native was knighted in 1899 by Queen Victoria for his
exploration of the continent.
Victoria, Queen of England
& Ireland, Empress of India
Gatlinburg native John Reagan emigrated
to Texas where he was later elected to Congress. He resigned to
become Postmaster General of the Confederacy. It was the only
government agency on either side to show a profit during the war.
Among the Union Generals to fight at the Battle of Shiloh, Garfield
and Grant would go on to become Presidents. General Lew Wallace went
on to serve as Governor of New Mexico and pen the novel "Ben Hur".
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