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 Grenada, Miss.
Aug. 21, 1862
Reports from Tupelo are that our soldiers are in good health and spirits, and anxious for the command "forward." Nothing, however, is known of Gen. Bragg's plans. He is as hard to move as an ox, and it is quite likely that it will be near a month yet before he will be ready to advance. In the meantime, the soldiers are all eagerness.
Aug. 23, 1862
A little son of Dr. Thompson, of Memphis, aged eleven years, was bitten by a dog about four months ago, but so slight was the bite apparently that but little attention was paid to it. A few days since, symptoms of hydrophobia appeared, which increased in violence until they ended his sufferings on Thursday last.
Situation in West Tennessee / From the Memphis Bulletin — Yesterday morning, a guerrilla corps, variously estimated from five hundred to three thousand, made their appearance in Raleigh, Tenn. They entered from the north side, passed through in an easterly direction, and came on half way to Memphis. Finding no cotton or Federal pickets in this direction, they retraced their steps, and on reaching the bridges over the Wolf river, near the town of Raleigh, they poured camphene on them and set them on fire ... The guerrillas next devoted themselves to finding out the secreted cotton, which they burned ... It is stated that one advantage which these guerrilla parties possess is that they wear no uniforms, and if hotly pursued, they become citizens and can appear to be about their usual peaceful pursuits ... The above guerrilla party, it is understood, burnt all the bridges over Wolf and Hatchie rivers, the object being to prevent the Federal cavalry from coming up in that direction.
Aug. 25, 1862
The Effect of Opening the Whiskey Shops in Memphis — Since General Sherman's order opened the whiskey shops, the good order of the city is gone ... I hear the citizens are about to present a petition to Gen. Sherman, offering to pay the whiskey tax by subscription, if he will only close the shops where it is sold.