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 Atlanta. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
Aug. 5, 1863
Full and Authentic Account of Morgan’s Great Raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio (The APPEAL devoted a full column to the story of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s daring raid June 11 — June 26, 1863, from Tennessee to northern Ohio which ended when he and his exhausted men were forced to surrender.)
Aug. 6, 1863
Capture of Morgan (from the Cleveland Herald) The rumor of Morgan’s capture is confirmed ... The rebels were driven to a bluff, from which there was no escape, except by fighting their way through or leaping from a lofty and almost perpendicular precipice. Finding themselves thus cooped, Morgan “came down” as gracefully as did the coon to Davy Crockett ... Morgan’s men were poorly dressed, ragged, dirty and very badly used up. Some of them wore remnants of gray uniform, but most of them were attired in spoils gathered during their raid ... Morgan himself appeared in good spirits and quite unconcerned at his ill-luck. (In November, Morgan escaped from the Ohio Penitentiary and returned to commanding cavalry for the Confederacy. On Sept. 4, 1864, he was killed by a Union cavalryman in Greenville, Tennessee).
Northern Intelligence — Gov. Curtin, of PA., is about to purchase twenty acres of the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA, as a burial ground for the Yankees who fell there. (Southern Memphians will have found little comfort in this.)
Aug. 7, 1863
Memphis Intelligence — For the first time in sixteen months a steamboat has made the trip from New Orleans to this city. The Father of Waters is now opened.
Aug. 10, 1863
A member of Congress has been drafted in Maine. The Nashville Dispatch thinks that if all Congress could be put under a brisk musketry fire, with an occasional cannon shot thrown in, it would be better for the country. (I reacted to this observation with amusement. Things haven't changed a whole lot in 150 years, have they?)
Aug. 11, 1863
We feel no reluctance in stating that Gen. Forrest is sadly in need of about one hundred artillery horses, for the purpose of replacing such belonging to his division as have been completely broken down by the active service the corps has undergone.