In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, “Civil War-Era Memories” features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago. (The Daily Appeal moved its operations to Grenada, Miss., after the fall of Memphis.)
July 9, 1862
Treatment of Mrs. M.C. Gallaway of Memphis — The arrest of this estimable lady, the wife of Col. M.C. Gallaway ... is mentioned in the Memphis papers of the 7th ... The ground of the arrest is stated to be that she was detected in treasonable correspondence with the enemy, (which probably means that she had received several letters from her husband and other parties South), and the penalty of the offense by special order of Gen. Grant was her immediate expulsion (from the city). Col. Gallaway has a valuable and splendid mansion at Memphis, which with its handsome furniture and other contents, will of course be seized by the vandals with the view of confiscation.
July 14, 1862
LATEST FROM MEMPHIS! THE MOST INFAMOUS ORDER OF THE AGE! Grant Banishes Half the Population of Memphis! ... July 15, 1862
News has reached the Appeal office in Grenada that the Lincoln rule is being severely felt in Memphis. It is reported that General Grant’s latest order is to send all relatives of Confederate soldiers beyond the Yankee lines and if they attempt to return to their homes they will be placed in prison. ----
Memphis Intelligence ... the city government has been organized under the new regime. This has only been accomplished after a number of sessions, which shows the difficulty the Unionists had in finding men abandoned enough, politically, to accept offices under the submission regulations prescribed by the armed minions of the Lincoln government. Enough subservient tools were finally found to fill the different positions necessary to set the wheels of the city government in motion. The infamous roll is complete. Few as are the names composing it, they will be remembered with detestation by the thousands of brave men they encouraged in every possible manner, to take the field and battle for the cause which is now deserted by the score of trucklers and cowards at home.
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library