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.
Feb. 4, 1863
Last night's train from Grenada arriving in Jackson, Miss. brought about 70 prisoners of war to the city, among them a number of Fourth Illinois Cavalrymen captured near the Tennessee state line. Also in the group were several members of the notorious Seventh Kansas Volunteers. When captured, these jayhawkers were at their regular work, burning houses and pillaging and had in their possession a quantity of jewelry from helpless women.
Feb. 6, 1863
Letter from Vicksburg — The women and children, and all other non-combatants, are again ordered out of the city, and the order will no doubt be rigidly enforced this time, as the safety of any further residence here is now becoming more precarious every day ... An immense amount of suffering will necessarily be entailed upon the indigent classes of our citizens who have no place to go to, and no means with which to supply their wants at this rigorous season of the year.
Federal Reports from Middle Tennessee (Murfreesboro) — This is a town of hospitals. The wounded (of both armies) have been collected from the battlefield, tents and adjacent farm houses, in order that they can be better cared for. They have been separated, however; the secessionists being placed in rooms and houses by themselves . . and being attended by rebel doctors and nurses. The secession doctors are mainly young men, some of them very youthful in appearance, as if the drainings of the medical schools in all Dixie.
Feb. 7, 1863
Everything continues quiet along our front. Forrest and Wheeler are still with the main body of the army ... A military execution is to take place next Friday — a deserter from the 1st Louisiana regiment, who went over to the enemy at the battle of Murfreesboro, has been captured and sentenced to death.
Feb. 9, 1863
Extracts from a Letter from a Memphis Lady — It is reported that General Grant is very much opposed to the Vicksburg movement, knowing the impossibility of taking the place; its very situation renders it an impregnable fortress. Those of Grant's troops that have been sent on to Helena, had to be forced on the transports. There are desertions here hourly, some going South, some North, and others hiding around town ... If the Federals continue their work of destruction in Memphis, it will soon be a ruined city. It has now a most desolate appearance. All the residences between Tennessee and Shelby streets, from Vance out toward Fort Pickering have been destroyed, and their former site is now filled with the fortifications and tents of the enemy.