In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago. Perspective from our staff is in italics. More excerpts at commercialappeal.com.
June 11, 1862
(The APPEAL has left Memphis and is publishing from Grenada, Miss.) Federal officials in Memphis have announced they plan to leave the community and the businessmen alone as much as possible. In other words, the captors say they will interfere as little as possible with the domestic arrangements and operations of the city.
June 12, 1862
Letter from a Lady (Memphis) -- The Yankees thus far are on very good behavior. Col. Fitch, it is hoped, is not such a beast as Butler. So far as I can learn, not a scrap of a Federal flag has yet been hung out save by the invaders themselves, and not a single instance of a Memphian greeting the enemy cordially . . . Memphis Intelligence: Lewd women have of late been walking the streets at night, much to the annoyance of the ladies. We understand that the military authorities and the police force will cooperate in measures to prevent the violation of the city ordinances, in this respect, in future.
June 13, 1862
The APPEAL for the Soldiers -- In order to accommodate our friends of the army that now, or may hereafter be, in camp in this vicinity, we have made arrangements by which the several regiments or military organizations can receive the APPEAL daily at our usual office price, or at one-half the cost necessarily charged by the news-boys.
June 16, 1862
Persons who live near the city and come to town every day to make their purchases and obtain newspapers, were at a loss to determine whether they have to take the oath. We understand the authorities construed it to apply to all except women and children. The order for the suppression of Confederate money took every one by surprise, and was considered very hard by the great mass of our people, who have nothing else. Many who went to bed rich on Friday night awoke to find themselves "poor, indeed," the next morning.
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library