In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
July 30, 1862
A TRAITOR — Northern papers report that Wm. B. Campbell has accepted a brigadiership, and consented to take command of the Federal troops that may be raised in Tennessee. (William Bowen Campbell was a former governor of Tennessee, from 1851-1853.)
July 31, 1862
The (Memphis) city council met on Monday, and acted on a request of Gen. Sherman's that they would increase their police force. It is stated that the markets are not well supplied, and what few articles are offered for sale, are sometimes of an inferior quality, and at exorbitant prices. [Note: Union forces had occupied Memphis, so they are the ones complaining!]
August 1, 1862 The Richmond Whig asserts that Andy Johnson had mined the splendid capital of Tennessee — the finest building of the kind in all the States — and sworn he would blow it up if there was any serious danger that the Confederates would recapture the city.
August 4, 1862
GREAT SKEDADDLE BY FORREST (from the [Occupied] Nashville Union). On Tuesday night Col. Haggard's 5th Kentucky cavalry, who had been in pursuit of the guerrillas for several days, came within one mile of Forrest's banditti, on the Murfreesboro' road … when the whole gang of rebel horse-thieves, chicken-stealers, house-breakers and assassins, cut and ran like quarter horses. The last seen of them, Forrest was leaning over his horse's neck, whipping for dear life, while his men were dropping pistols, shot guns, canteens, corn-dodgers, green apples and stolen chickens along the road. When last seen they were within ten miles of devildom and still running.
August 5, 1862
We learn that three white men and sixteen Negroes were shot by the Federal guard at Memphis, on Friday last. Their crime was refusing to work on the fortifications. The sad affair was treated coolly by the authorities, who seemed to look upon it as a business operation, necessary to the continuance of their power to commit such outrages.