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 18, 1862
(From THE APPEAL in Grenada, Miss.) Holly Springs was occupied by a considerable force of the enemy night before last...A train was about ready to leave for the South at the time, upon which many citizens attempted to take refuge for the purpose of escaping. The crowd was fired upon, (several) were killed...
By order of Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, LaGrange, Tenn. - The laws of Congress command that we do not surrender back to the master a fugitive slave. That is not a soldier's business nor is it his business to smuggle him away. Let the master and slave look to the civil authorities and not to us.
June 20, 1862
Many people like newspapers, but few preserve them; yet the most interesting reading imaginable is a file of old newspapers...The newspaper of the present day will be especially interesting years hence, as containing the current record of events fraught with tremendous import to the cause of freedom in all the civilized world. We therefore would urge upon all the propriety of preserving their papers.
June 21, 1862
Lewd women are not allowed to walk the streets at night. Some of them presume to violate this rule occasionally...Yesterday the Provost Marshal sent four lewd characters to the Arkansas side of the river.
June 22, 1862
A letter from Memphis says that the Federals are coming to the city daily and coming down with a heavy hand - tighter and tighter. Arrest, persecution, etc., is the order of the day.
June 23, 1862
THE MEMPHIS PRESS - Our information...with reference to the present status of the journals remaining in the city is that the Argus has been placed under surveillance...The Avalanche accommodated themselves to the new order of things...Its tone, which has long been fishy, is now so cringing and subservient as to deserve no milder designation than that of treasonable.
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library