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. 23, 1862
Skirmishing at Germantown. Special to the Memphis Appeal. A body of Yankee infantry, numbering two hundred, attacked a squad of forty Confederate cavalry at Germantown yesterday. After a short engagement our cavalry retired. Loss trifling. RAMROD ("Ramrod" was a correspondent for the newspaper.)
BEAUREGARD CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence between Gen. Beauregard and Adjt.-Gen. Cooper ... Now for the operation in Western Tennessee. ... I would concentrate rapidly at Grand Junction ... From there I would make a forced march to Fort Pillow, which I would take with probably only a small loss. It is evident the forces at Memphis and Yazoo River would then have their line of communication by the river with the North cut off, and they would have either to surrender or cross without resources into Arkansas, where Gen. Holmes would take good care of them. Your obedient servant, G. T. BEAUREGARD, General C.S.A.
Oct. 24, 1862
FIFTEEN DAYS GRACE. The Memphis Bulletin of the 22nd announces that General Sherman has postponed the execution of his outrageous retaliatory policy of sending out 10 defenseless families from the city for every boat fired upon on the river. The fact is heralded by the Bulletin as an act of gracious mercy and is loud in its praise of the Federal master.
Oct. 25, 1862
The President and his Body Guard. (New York Express) For some reason, Mr. Lincoln has allowed himself to be persuaded that his life would be endangered, if he rode about "all unarmed and alone" ... It certainly is a regrettable precedent for a chief magistrate of this republic to establish, in imitation of the despots of Europe, who have well founded cause to expect attempts to assassinate them, while the President of the United States cannot ... entertain any such reasons.
DEATH OF MEMPHIANS. A gentleman from the Perryville (Ky.) battlefield reports … the death of two well known citizens of Memphis — Messrs. F. M. Gailor and W. A. Seay. The former was for a long time previous to his connection with the army associated with the city press, and resigned the position of local editor of the Avalanche when the connection was severed.
Oct. 28, 1862
General Forrest announces to the people and his troops ... that his pickets are in the face of the enemy, who are completely blockaded in their fortifications. He says he is sent to Middle Tennessee to restore to the State its capital, and promises to do so.