In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago. The Appeal is publishing from Grenada, Miss.
Oct. 8, 1862
BATTLE OF CORINTH! TERRIBLE SLAUGHTER ON BOTH SIDES. The battle at Corinth was very bloody. Our forces gained repeated successes on Friday and Saturday, occupying a portion of the enemy's breastworks, and also gaining the town. The enemy held out stubbornly on his left, until reinforcements arrived, when on a sudden they fell upon Van Dorn, with overwhelming forces, forcing us to relinquish our position and retire. The fight continued almost uninterruptedly during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the slaughter on both sides is described as unparalleled.
Oct. 11, 1862
The dengue, or "break bone fever," has made its appearance with some severity in Memphis. Every thinking man agrees that the crisis for Mississippi in this war is now upon her. The repulse of Generals Van Dorn and Price at Corinth, where the losses were fearful on both sides, has emboldened the Yankees, increased their confidence and courage. We have been permitted the use ... (of) several Federal reports of the battle of Corinth. "To Major-General U.S. Grant: Your dispatch is received telling me to follow the rebels ... they are badly beaten on both fronts — left their dead and wounded on the field, and are in full retreat. W.S. Rosecrans, Major-General."
Oct. 12, 1862
The Yankee loss at Corinth is reported at three hundred killed and one thousand wounded. The Confederate loss is estimated at eight hundred killed and eighteen hundred wounded — the latter in the hands of the Federals. (The number of casualties was much higher. Read more at: http://bit.ly/Rnjbk7)
Oct. 13, 1862
At the last meeting of the Memphis Board of Aldermen, presided over by Mayor John Park, the Fire Department reported that it paid $404 to the hands on the steam engine, bought 18 cords of wood for $5 a cord, paid $42 for feeding its mules, $2.50 for sawing wood for kindling, $4 for shoeing mules, and $1 for curry combs.
Oct. 14, 1862
Judging from the local columns of the Memphis journals, that city has become the resort of all the professional thieves and robbers in the country, and if they do not come from the ranks of the Federal army quartered there, that army certainly does not contribute to lessening the amount of crime daily committed.