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. 18, 1862
General Sherman has issued an address to the citizens of Memphis "by some means to organize a society and committees" to collect supplies, etc. for the poor of the city ... Memphis has ever been noted for her liberality ... we have no doubt but that the usual channel of supplies would have been established in good season, had he not issued his manifesto, and in just as efficient a manner. The charitable of the city need no prompting.
An Exciting Adventure in Arkansas (from the Memphis Argus) — Guerrillas, it seems, still hug the opposite shore; We learn that a party of soldiers from the 40th Illinois regiment and two from the 6th Iowa, crossed over from Fort Pickering in quest of pawpaws, a fruit more pleasant to look at than eat, and narrowly escaped annihilation from a party of guerrillas concealed in some bushes.
Oct. 20, 1862
The Victories in Kentucky — Fifteen thousand of our troops fought 45,000 Yankee troops at Perryville, on the 8th. Our loss was from two to three thousand; the enemy's loss between four and five thousand. We captured eleven guns and nearly five hundred prisoners. Our troops slept on the field. Early next morning the enemy sent a flag of truce to bury their dead.
Oct. 21, 1862
From the Memphis Bulletin of the 19th — The usual amount of petty crime is chronicled, the offenses ranging from highway robbery to a street drunk. Mrs. Drake, who resides near the corner of Madison and DeSoto streets, was under arrest at the provost marshal's office charged with smuggling a navy six shooter, an officer's hat and plumes and other uniform adornments, gold lace, etc. across the lines beneath her crinoline.
Federal Retaliation — In consequence of our partisans on the river firing into steamers ... Gen. Sherman is proceeding to enforce his notice that for every boat disturbed he would send out ten secession families from Memphis. The Bulletin of the 19th says an allotment of thirty families has already been made, and that the rule is to send out the "families having husbands or friends in the rebel army."