While I'm editing another Civil a text for publication, here's this week's notes on what was happening in Memphis 150 years ago. I'm noticing a trend to concentrate on trivia rather than on details of the war -- probably because news was not very good for the Confederacy.
Jan. 13, 1864
Letter from Richmond — Gen. John Morgan is the lion of the day (Morgan escaped from a Yankee prison in November 1863). Yesterday he was formally received by the civil authorities ... was made to ride up Main street in an open carriage, the mercury being twelve degrees below freezing; was violently assaulted in a set speech by the Mayor; was cruelly compelled to respond, and was afterwards carried back to the hotel. Gen. John Morgan, I fear, is a good deal bored by his lionization ... he must write his autograph in numberless albums of admiring young ladies and eat ever so many leaden lunches, dismal dinners and stupid suppers — need we wonder if the hero should yawn over the hospitable board and wish himself for the nonce back again in the Ohio penitentiary.
Jan. 15, 1864
Not a Lock Left — A lady asked General John H. Morgan for a lock of his hair, when he pulled off his hat, and showed her that had none to give her, the Yankees having shaved his head in the Ohio penitentiary.
A soldier in Gen. Lee’s army, in complaining of camp life, says he is one of “Lee’s Miserables.”
A Noble Example Set — Right glad we are that the famous old hundred and fifty-fourth Tennessee has taken the initiative. As it was among the very first to enter the service, it evinces a determination to be the last to leave it: An enthusiastic meeting of the old 154th senior regiment volunteers, was held today, at which stirring resolutions were unanimously passed, tendering their services to the Confederate States as long as the war lasts. (The 154th Tennessee included many soldiers from Memphis and Shelby County).
Jan. 18, 1864
Specially proud are we that the old one hundred and fifty fourth Tennessee regiment, made up of our friends and neighbors and commanded by the immortal Smith, the gallant Vaughan, and now by the chivalrous Magevney, should be the illustrious exemplar.
Jan. 19, 1864
In order to accommodate our subscribers and that portion of the public supplied by the Augusta and Macon and Western roads, we have determined to issue both a morning and evening edition of the APPEAL.