In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
May 1, 1862
BY TELEGRAPH / Corinth - Forrest's cavalry met the enemy just between Monterey and Purdy roads. After a conflict in the commencement of which our cavalry had been partially surprised, losing a few men . . . two pieces of the Washington artillery came to their relief and drove the enemy to the rear with loss to them.
May 4, 1862
Municipal Election - On the 26th of June, seven weeks from Thursday next, our regular annual city election takes place. Up to this time, not a single person has announced himself as a candidate for the place of Mayor, or for any other office.
The fall of New Orleans has virtually opened the navigation of the Mississippi river to the enemy's gunboats, from its mouth to its source. Forts Pillow and Wright can now serve only as temporary defenses to delay and not altogether impede the approach of the enemy from above.
May 5, 1862
In Pants. -- Among the parties introduced in court yesterday to the Recorder was Miss Lydia Angela, who, having become disgusted with crinoline, and especially with the frightful outspreading, skyscraping, flower-bed-containing fashionable bonnet, had put on a neat coat and pants, a tidy white stand up collar and a felt hat, and was parading the town unencumbered by flowing garments or head covering monstrosity. For thus indulging her dislikes, and entering her practical protest against the fashionable bonnet she repudiates, Lydia was compelled to pay six dollars to the city treasury.
May 6, 1862
Federal Intelligence from Memphis -- There are 5000 bales of cotton, 7000 bbls. sugar and 20,000 bbls. molasses, now lying upon the levee, of which the cotton will be burned, and the sugar and molasses rolled into the river on the approach of the Federal forces. The citizens and newspapers are opposed to burning the city, but soldiers and country people favor it.