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In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
April 9, 1862
It is our proud privilege this morning, to congratulate our fellow citizens throughout the Confederacy, on the success that has crowned our arms on the corpse-heaped plain of Shiloah. The Crockett Rangers --- This company, composed of members of No. 5 fire company of this city, and attached to the 154th Tennessee regiment, was in the fiercest of the fight on Sunday last. The regiment, as a whole, won a proud name for Memphis, and the Rangers contributed their share to the general victory.
April 11, 1862 A BRILLIANT AFFAIR.
We have to record another brilliant victory for the Confederate arms, which occurred on Tuesday last, and was achieved by a small force of our cavalry, composed of a detachment of Col. Forrest's regiment ...Col. Forrest, in a few spirited words, called upon his men to advance upon the enemy, which they did in the most gallant style.
(This final encounter at Shiloh, on April 8, took place at Fallen Timbers. Gen. Sherman later claimed that "had [Forrest] not emptied his pistols as he passed the skirmish line, my career would have ended right there." Read more at bit.ly/HFMkEq.)
After the battle General Beauregard sent a flag of truce, asking permission to bury the dead. Gen. Grant refused to allow our detail to enter his lines, saying that he had the dead of both armies buried.
April 12, 1862
Bands of ghouls are reported to be roaming the battleground at Shiloh, emptying the pockets of anything of value of those killed in the fierce fighting.
April 14, 1862
Since the abandonment of Columbus and New Madrid by our forces and the capture of Island 10, serious apprehensions are properly entertained for the safety of Fort Pillow. This is now the only formidable barrier to the progress of the enemy down the Mississippi, and to his occupation of Memphis...
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library