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. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
Nov. 26, 1862
Military Movements (from the Chicago Tribune) — A gentleman from Cairo informs us that between 25,000 and 30,000 soldiers have passed down the river within the last two weeks. Those going down during the last week went to Memphis and Helena. It is now understood that General Sherman, at present in Memphis, will cooperate with General Grant, now moving against the rebels in Mississippi.
Nov. 27, 1862
Memphis Intelligence — The liquor saloons were closed for forty-eight hours, at ten o'clock on Tuesday, by the provost marshal. This was done, it was surmised, in order to keep the troops sober, so that they could take up their line of march southward yesterday morning. Letter from the Appeal Battery camped near Abbeville, Miss.
— Considering the scarcity of everything, our company is pretty well supplied in the way of clothing, with the exception of overcoats and blankets ... but we cannot expect such good weather much longer, and may confidently look for cold and disagreeable days, and blankets or overcoats will be very acceptable.
Nov. 29, 1862
An Appeal to the Old Men of Mississippi — Fellow Citizens: To meet the emergency of the present invasion, our patriotic Governor Pettus has agreed to accept as many companies of old men in the State who are, by their age exempt both from conscription and militia duty, as will tender their services; such companies to serve without pay, to be furnished with tents, subsistence and arms ... It is confidently believed that a brigade of the gray-haired sires of the land, who would be efficient in battle, though incapacitated for the discharge of the ordinary duties of a soldier, can be raised for the purpose of driving back the ruthless invaders who now pollute our soil.
(On November 30, 1862, the Daily Appeal ceased publishing in Grenada. Editors McClanahan and Dill, expecting a Federal advance into northern Mississippi, relocated the printing operation to Jackson, Miss. The paper resumed publication there on December 13, 1862. More about the move in next week's column.)