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. 12, 1863
To the Soldiers of the Confederate States: I call on you, my countrymen, to hasten to your camps, in obedience to the dictates of honor and of duty, and summon those who have absented themselves without leave, or who have remained absent beyond the period allowed by their furlough, ... and I hereby declare that I grant a general pardon and amnesty to all officers and men within the Confederacy now absent without leave, who shall return to their proper posts of duty. (Beginning Aug. 6th, the APPEAL printed every day the proclamation of President Jefferson Davis, granting amnesty to Confederate deserters.)
Letter from Richmond — The whole number of deserters in the military prison of this city, liberated by the recent amnesty of the President, is one thousand and eighty — enough to form a full regiment.
Aug. 13, 1863
Okolona, Miss. Fifteen hundred West Tennesseans are here awaiting arms and artillery. They will return and operate in their own country. Oppression kindles with tenfold vigor the fires of patriotism in West Tennessee.
Aug. 15, 1863
Gen. Lee’s Army — Just now it is quite out of the question to think of a battle, as the dog days are in “full blast.” The pickets of the two armies are within less than one hundred yards of each other; so near that they occasionally trade tobacco for coffee and exchange newspapers.
Aug. 17, 1863
The order ejecting from the city of Nashville all abandoned females, has been disapproved by the Washington authorities ... as a consequence, steamers freighted with the frail creatures are constantly arriving at Nashville, the Gomorrah of Tennessee. (Note: I suspect the term "abandoned" refers to to their being alone, but to the nature of their behavior.)
The Chicago Times publishes the following bill of fare found in one of the camps at Vicksburg after the siege — ENTREES / Mule head stuffed a la mode / Mule beef stuffed a la Mexicana / Mule ears fricasseed / Mule side stewed, hair on / Mule, spare ribs, plain / Mule liver hashed ... Mule salad ...