In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
April 23, 1862 COURT SQUARE. -- Our little emerald gem of a park in Court Square now presents a most beautiful appearance, and is a very popular place of resort.
April 24, 1862 The Free Market. -- This benevolent and altogether praiseworthy institution, is dispensing valuable blessings to the families of soldiers now absent in their country's service. It is a credit to the city of Memphis. ...Persons in the country will confer a great benefit by sending to the market, No. 10, Shelby street, supplies of vegetables and produce.
April 25, 1862 The Federal Congress has passed the bill to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia, and Lincoln, true to his abolition instincts, has signed it. Consequently it is now law.
April 27, 1862 Correspondence of the New York Tribune. -- Fort Pillow, as is well known, is the sole obstruction between the island (Island 10) and Memphis, and spies who have lately come up the river, say there is no fortification worthy of the name between Memphis and New Orleans.
April 29, 1862 BURN THE COTTON. We published in our last issue the order of General Beauregard, urging upon the planters of the Mississippi valley the necessity and duty of burning all cotton that is in danger of falling into the hands of the enemy. We cordially unite with him in this injunction, and believe that the tried loyalty and patriotism of our people will be fully equal to the sacrifice.
Our Paper. The APPEAL will continue to punctually be issued in Memphis so long as the city is in possession of the Confederate authorities. Should it, however, be occupied by the enemy, ...we shall discontinue its publication here and remove to some safe point in Mississippi, where we can express our true political sentiments, and still breathe the pure and untainted atmosphere of Southern freedom. Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library