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.
May 22, 1862 NOT YET. We notice that several of our exchanges are impressed with the idea that THE APPEAL has already commenced to be issued at Grenada which, of course, is a mistake. We shall continue to publish here until the city is in complete and undisputed possession of the enemy, and will issue a paper "up to the morning and evening of the last day." Our preparations are such that we can continue our daily issue at Grenada the day after our removal from Memphis, and will do so, shall we ever be in the varying fortunes of war, be forced to that necessity. Our loyalty has not been of such a "negative" character that we can hope for freedom from Federal molestation.
(Preparing for the fall of Memphis, Editor John McClanahan moved the Appeal's printing press to Grenada at the end of April while he and a skeletal newsroom produced the last Memphis issues from rented presses. McClanahan wanted to avoid the fate of the Nashville papers which, except for the heavily censored Banner, had all been shut down by Andrew Johnson after the city fell.)
May 23, 1862 Letter from Corinth. Editors Appeal: Still no enemy. Not a shot, save of musketry between pickets and skirmishers ...All is silent in the valley of the shadow of death.
May 25, 1862 We learn that there are parties in this city -- secret sympathizers with the foe, doubtless -- who question the genuineness of Butler's infamous order authorizing his drunken and ruffian soldiery, under certain circumstances, to treat the ladies of New Orleans as common courtesans... We can state that we have copies of both the New Orleans Picayune and True Delta containing this atrocious document.
May 27, 1862 200 RECRUITS WANTED! I will receive Two Hundred stout, able-bodied men, if they will present themselves at my headquarters by the 1st of June... Come on boys, if you want a heap of fun, and kill some Yankees. N. B. FORREST
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library