n 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.
Sept. 11, 1862
PUNISHED — Gentlemen who left Memphis on Tuesday, inform us that the publication of the Argus was suspended on Monday last, on account of its publication of the report that Cincinnati had fallen …
Sept. 12, 1862
LETTER FROM RICHMOND. [Special Correspondence of the Appeal.] The plains of Manassas have again been wreathed with fire, and are still reeking with the blood of thousands slain.
Sept. 13, 1862
The Cincinnati Gazette says the "Appeal is the greatest liar in rebeldom." We must have said something to have stirred up the muddy brains of that concern, as that is the first original idea it has concocted for an indefinite period. … Until they are driven out … and the last one has skedaddled, call us anything you please but a ____ Yankee.
BATTLES. — During the revolutionary war there were fought thirty-six battles; during the war of 1812, eighteen; during the Mexican war, twelve; and in the present war, thus far, forty-seven.
Sept. 14, 1862
Our forces have entered Maryland. The tables are turned, and the Confederate Army is now an army of invasion. The war has assumed a new phase, and our readers may expect hereafter to hear news that will startle amidst both good and bad report. But we have every reason to be hopeful.
Sept. 15, 1862
We have received some particulars of the late raid of the Federal troops into De Soto county, and they are outrageous. The cavalry entered Hernando on Wednesday, the 10th, ... and took position in the public square, where they kept all the citizens and others whom they found about the streets under guard until after dark. The infantry arrived about five o'clock P.M. and marched through the town, flaunting their flags and singing snatches of ribald songs, to the fair grounds, south of the village. On Thursday morning very early they proceeded to the Cold Water, when they destroyed all the trestle work and the railroad bridge, and also committed other outrages upon private property.
Sept. 16, 1862
LOW STAGE OF WATER. — Never have we seen the river so difficult to navigate as it is at the present time. Sand bars are numerous and boats have to feel their way in some places. Many of the pilots are strangers down here, and have to "hunt" the channel, sometimes finding themselves on a bar. We may look for a rise when it comes.