On this day 150 years ago, Union troops captured Chattanooga, Tennessee. So let’s feature some music from people born in that city, beginning with Bessie Smith, performing “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.