In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
May 7, 1862 Corinth. - Scouting parties report the enemy is digging entrenchments, laying plank roads and building bridges over the swamps and ditches as he advances. General Beauregard ...made a speech in which he said he hoped soon to be in possession of some northern cities to compensate for the loss of New Orleans.
May 8, 1862 WANTED. A GENTLEMAN wishes a SUBSTITUTE, with the privilege of going into cavalry, infantry or artillery. Will pay a liberal price.
The Poor and the Erring. - Struck with the need there is for a place that should prove an asylum for the wretched and a place of reform for the erring, the good ladies of this city, in April, 1860, organized the society of the "Home for the Homeless." Since then they have contributed and expended a large amount of money, and performed a good deal of downright hard work...
May 12, 1862 There is no longer any choice about taking Confederate money. In compliance with orders from General Beauregard, Colonel Rosser, commander of the post here, has ordered the provost marshal to arrest anyone who refuses to accept Confederate bills in their ordinary business transactions and all banks and corporations must accept the currency.
May 13, 1862 The Gunboat Fight at Fort Pillow. - We fought the enemy with four of our lightest boats, one hour and thirty minutes. ...our sharpshooters literally mowed them down. We fought side by side with the enemy, and not one shot passed through our cotton breastworks. But although our upper works are riddled, we are all ready to butt again. We will be able to hold the river.
W. C. C. Street railroads - What a blessing it would be to have street railroads in the city at this moment, that we might ride along in comfortable cars ...protected from the clouds of dust that annoy the weary plodder on foot on soil covered sidewalks.
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library