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Deplorable Yankee Behavior from Both Soldiers and Weather

And to finish getting caught up to the current week:

Jan. 14, 1863

MORALS IN MEMPHIS. The Argus says rowdyism of a very bad type is becoming by far too prevalent in the Bluff City, and that of late shooting, stabbing, and knock down affrays, have followed quite closely in the wake of each other, particularly among the lower order of people, until the local columns of the public journals teem with their recital ...

Jan. 16, 1863

A SNOW STORM. The early riser this morning witnessed a very respectable snow storm ... The absence of the sun's rays and the prevalence of a cold north wind, has kept the fleecy flakes among us as they fell, and we are now enjoying a real winter, or rather suffering from the most uncomfortable northern raid experienced in these parts since the breaking out of the war.

Jan. 18, 1863

One of the deepest sensations of the war is that produced among the Israelites of this country, by the recent order of Gen. Grant, excluding them, as a class, from his Military Department. The order, to be sure, was promptly set aside by the President, but the affront to the Israelites conveyed by its issue, was not so easily effaced … (New York Times)

Jan. 19, 1863

Depredations of the Enemy at Oxford. The army correspondent of the Chicago Times gives the following narrative: Nor is pillaging by any means rare in the line of our march. Dozens – scores – of instances came under my own observation. Houses were entered and robbed unblushingly every hour of the day and night and on almost every block in the town of Oxford. Women were compelled to get out of bed in their night clothes that their beds might be searched for money, or other valuables. … These and countless other outrages have thus far been committed with impunity by Federal soldiers, who are professedly fighting to maintain the Union, the Constitution, and the laws, and to perpetuate the blessings of civil and individual liberty and rights … I hear also that the conduct of our troops on leaving was equally bad – that houses were fired in many instances – and that it was with great difficulty they were restrained from burning down the town.

Jan. 20, 1863

According to word from Memphis, the Federals recently raided Somerville, Tenn., capturing eight Confederate soldiers. But the Yankees behaved so outrageously during their stay in the town that one of their officers, Captain Swoger, was compelled to shoot one of his own men. (This mention of the incident was tame compared to what actually happened. Read Gen. Grant's angry reaction at: http://1.usa.gov/13E1qB7)

The Memphis Appeal, the best newspaper in the Confederate States, re-appears from Jackson, and it does one good to see its sparkling face again. We hope it may not be obliged to move any more, unless it is back toward its old home again. -- Houston Telegraph. Thank you for the wish as well as the compliment.