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.
July 2, 1862
GRENADA — We have further particulars of the capture and destruction of the Federal railroad train near Germantown, Tenn. ... By an injury to the road, the train, composed of one passenger car, and four cars loaded with Sutler's store, was thrown from the track, and consequently detained ... Seventy-three prisoners were taken.
July 5, 1862
The Union Reveille at Memphis has been enlarged and is now styled the Memphis Union Appeal. We desire this fact known, so that none of its abolition inculcations may, when copied abroad, be attributed to the old management of the Appeal office.
July 6, 1862
The bombarding of Vicksburg by the Federals continues day and night. Great damage to the city has resulted. Most of the women and children have left but some families remain and are living in holes dug into the sides of the hills.
July 7, 1862
Mrs. M.C. Gallaway, one of the best-known women in Memphis, has been ordered to leave the city and not to return because Federal military authorities claim ... that she has received and sent letters to Confederates, some of which contained military information.
July 8, 1862
MEMPHIS, July 8, 1862. Maj.-Gen. HALLECK: Secessionists here have news from Richmond by the south which makes them jubilant. I would like to hear the truth. U.S. GRANT
Letters from Richmond. June 28, 1862. [Special Correspondence of the Memphis Appeal.] The great battle continues. The advantages, so far, are incontestably with us, but the end is not yet ... I trust that I shall be able to announce in my next communication to the APPEAL ... the total annihilation of McClellan's army in Virginia. DIXIE (The Seven Days Battles was a savage match between Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, and George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac. Learn more at bit.ly/MN8Pbz)
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library