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 Jackson, Miss. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
Dec. 17, 1862
CHANGE OF LOCATION. Having removed the publication office of the APPEAL from Grenada to Jackson, we have to request that all letters and communications, as well as the exchange favors of our editorial contemporaries, be hereafter directed to the latter instead of the former place. The interval of two weeks, lost in the removal of the office, will be made up to all subscribers now on our books.
Dec. 18, 1862
BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG. The engagement of Saturday shows what decisive advantages may be obtained over superior numbers by courage and determination. The loss of the enemy is shown to be three times as great as ours, and it is evident that the hearts of The Federal troops are not in the war ... Their spirit is broken by the conversion of the war into an Abolition crusade, and we predict that on all future battle-fields they will fall easy victims to the prowess of our arms. (Visit the battlefield at http://bit.ly/YugT74)
(Readers of Beyond All Price will remember that the Battle of Fredericksburg gave Nellie Chase a national reputation as an angel of mercy, as well as providing the title of my book about her.)
Dec. 19, 1862
The Yankees call the soldiers of our army "seedy." From the way their generals are superceded of late, we incline to the belief that they are getting super-seedy.
Dec. 20, 1862
As soon as the rains set in it will be impossible for large armies to advance through Mississippi. But these same rains will raise the rivers so the enemy, having control of the waters, can use them for offensive purposes.
Dec. 22, 1862
The removal of the APPEAL to Jackson, compulsory upon the coming of the Yankees to Grenada, will impress the public yet more strongly with the vitality of the paper. One object the Yankees had in their raid toward Grenada was its suppression. The frequency with which your editorials are quoted in the Northern journals, and the impression they make on Yankee and foreigner, show the importance of maintaining the regular issue of the journal, and be the day of its return to Memphis near at hand or distant, let us hope it will never know a week's hiatus. DIXIE. (Dixie was the Appeal's Richmond correspondent.)
Dec. 23, 1862
The Gunboat Cairo. The admission of the enemy settled the question of the complete destruction of the gunboat Cairo on the Yazoo river. This was one of their most formidable vessels and the success of the gentlemen engaged in planting the destructive missiles will be hailed with joy. The feat is a victory that can and will be followed up until their monsters are driven from our waters. (The USS Cairo, which helped to defeat Memphis the previous June, is one of only three Civil War-era gunboats still in existence. It can be seen here as it appears today: http://1.usa.gov/U2crWQ)
Owing to the failure of a supply of paper of our usual size, which has been in transit several days, to reach us, we are compelled to lay before our readers a smaller sheet than heretofore. The difficulty will be overcome in a short time, and meanwhile the quantity of reading matter will not be lessened, as we shall fill our present space with as small type as possible. (I was tempted to print this whole article in a tiny font, but took pity on aging eyesight, including mine!)