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. 18, 1863
Memphis Items — The Bulletin says that the late order forbidding persons to be in the streets, or hacks to run — except to the landing or railroad — after twelve o’clock at night, has had a most excellent effort, not only in preventing street affrays, but in suppressing burglaries and garrotings. The thieves, whose rascality has been stopped in the city, are trying to make up the deprivation by their activity in the suburbs.
City Finances — It is understood that the city finances are in somewhat critical condition, owing to the very large amount of property confiscated — one-fifth of the property of the city — the tax on which, the Bulletin assumes, cannot reasonably be expected to be paid by the general government. Therefore, the city council will probably apply to the commander in this city to feed the city Treasury, for the purpose of keeping up the landing, streets, prisons and paupers.
Feb. 20, 1863
Port Hudson — Captain Coleman, who has just arrived from Red river, brings information of the capture of the Federal steamer Queen of the West, at Gordon’s Landing, near Fort Taylor, on Red river. . . The Queen of the West is now in the possession of the Confederates, and will be towed to a place of safety for repairs. (The Queen of the West played a prominent role in destroying eight Confederate ships at the Battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862).
Feb. 21, 1863
A correspondent who visited the Murfreesboro battle field, immediately after the engagement writes: “In close proximity to a large tent, I saw nearly a cord of amputated legs, arms, and feet, interspersed with slices of human flesh, lacerated and torn by shells and cannon balls. It made the heart grow sick and faint.”
Feb. 23, 1863
Letter from Vicksburg — During the shelling on Wednesday, large numbers of ladies were on the eminences above town to witness the scene. This brought the remark from General Stevenson, that the ladies of Vicksburg were a heroic race — instead of the first gun being the signal for them to leave town, they all came forward to the most exposed positions to behold the sight.
Middle Tennessee — The Shelbyville Banner of the 13th says: The report that General Forrest was wounded at the Fort Donelson fight is incorrect. He lost three horses killed under him. (For more on the Battle of Dover, also known as the Second Battle of Fort Donelson, see http://1.usa.gov/ZaSWPg).