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. 11, 1863
Latest by Telegraph — At Camp Douglas, Chicago, twelve Confederate prisoners froze to death.
Depredations by Soldiers — The thefts and burglaries committed by our soldiers are getting to be unbearable. Our gardens, poultry yards, pig pens, etc. are stripped and nothing seems to be safe. In open day they enter dwellings and take articles of clothing, and even take bridles from horses hitched at the racks ... If an enemy should come, (the officers) would have to hunt up their men before they could make battle. And if it should happen to be in the night, they might have to search the poultry yard to find them.
Feb. 12, 1863
Special Dispatch to the Chicago Times — Some of Blythe's men, in disguise, stopped a train on the Memphis and Charleston railroad, a few days ago, near Collierville, but, finding no troops aboard, permitted it to proceed. The prospect is that the enemy will seek to tear up the road between Germantown and LaGrange as soon as the force there now moves away.
Memphis Items / Familiar Chat from a Memphis Lady — I came across an APPEAL the other day, and I do declare I felt as though I had met a dear old friend.
Feb. 13, 1863
The Campaign in Virginia — Sitting in camp, surrounded by thousands of men, one is tempted to ask the meaning of the sudden and distant hallooing which is occasionally heard to break out among them, and the answer will provoke a smile. "It is either General Jackson or a rabbit." It appears that whenever a rabbit is startled in the woods by a few stragglers, a shout is raised which rings through the woods for a mile around. It is true that the appearance of no other general than "Stonewall" Jackson elicits a similar shout.
Feb. 17, 1863
Dispatches to the Northern Press / Memphis — Speculators are running wild for cotton. All grades sold yesterday at a dollar a pound.
How to Preserve the Health of our Beloved Soldiers — Supply them with vegetables of one kind or another, all the year round. Salads should be boiled with the salt beef or port, but, if no salt meats, they should be boiled in water, until they are tender; then to be drained and chopped a little, and put in a sauce pan, and fried a moment with lard; then moistened with spiced vinegar, and spread between slices of bread and served to the soldiers.