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. More excerpts at commercialappeal.com.
June 26, 1862
GRENADA, Miss. — A Black List / As promised, the Avalanche publishes lists of those who have taken the federal oath of allegiance since the advent of the Federals in Memphis. Although the whole number is some five hundred, we have scanned the names over very closely, and are gratified at being able to announce that we recognized but few of prominence in either the social, political or mercantile walks of the city. Parties from the city inform us that many of the signers are strangers, and most of them the scum of society.
Gen. Lew Wallace has assumed command of Memphis. His first official act was to take possession of the Argus office, which has been outspoken in its sympathies for the rebellion.
June 27, 1862
From the Avalanche — The municipal election yesterday elicited but little interest. Only those citizens who had taken the oath of allegiance were allowed to vote ... There appears to have been about seven hundred votes polled. The result seems to have been as was generally anticipated, in the re-election of most of the Union ticket.
June 30, 1862
General Grant's headquarters are at Col. W.R. Hunt's former residence on Beale, about two miles out from town. The place is ideally located and affords a fine suburban retreat from the dust and din of the city. (The house which served as Grant's headquarters exists today as the Hunt-Phelan Home at 533 Beale.)
An Outrage in Memphis — The Federal officials in Memphis have so far outraged our property rights as to have taken possession of the APPEAL building, for a purpose which is explained by the following: Special Order No. 1: It is hereby ordered that J.K. Davisson, of the 24th Indiana Volunteers, take possession of the Appeal office, of this city and have the general supervision of the same in conducting a Union paper in the city of Memphis ... "To what base uses have we come at last."