In recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, "Civil War-Era Memories" features excerpts from The Memphis Daily Appeal of 150 years ago.
July 17, 1862
Memphis is quiet, very quiet — more so than it has been for many months; the military police proving here, as in all countries where it is used, a real social blessing. The midnight brawl, the drunken assassination, the causeless fiery fight, the drunken orgy, the brothel news, and [the] thousand ills Memphis was heir to, have ceased to disgrace the city. (This excerpt appeared in the Memphis Union Appeal, published by Union troops in the former offices of the Memphis Daily Appeal, which had moved to Grenada, MS.)
GRENADA, Miss. — The thief who has appropriated our office and material for the publication of an abolition organ in Memphis will not, as we feared, do us harm by appropriating our name. Those who have perused the Appeal of days gone by will soon learn, from the columns of the bogus sheet, that is a counterfeit.
July 19, 1862
THE VICTORY AT MURFREESBORO! Gen. Forrest's dispatch states that he has captured twelve hundred prisoners, including two brigadier-generals, four cannon, and destroyed stores worth half a million.
July 21, 1862
Gen. W.T. Sherman's division, which has been camped along the road from Corinth to Memphis, has marched to the outskirts of the city and General Sherman is preparing to take over command of Memphis.
July 22, 1862 In the abolition organ (the Memphis Union Appeal) we find the following peremptory decree from the new commander, which will, of course, be enforced, at the point of the bayonet if necessary: If any person within the limits of said city shall hereafter publish, speak, or utter seditions or treasonable language toward the government of the United States, the provost marshal shall, upon proof of the fact, banish every person so offending, to the State of Arkansas. By order of Alvin P. Hovey, Brigadier-General commanding.
Compiled by Rosemary Nelms and Jan Smith, The Commercial Appeal News Library