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.
Oct. 29, 1862
Hen Teeth — A correspondent, who is a lawyer in this city, informs us that there can be seen in Stillman's Block, corner of Second and Jefferson streets, a chicken that has a head which resembles that of a snake. The upper and lower jaws are furnished with teeth ... It has been purchased by a gentleman in New York for three hundred dollars. (From the Memphis Bulletin)
Nov. 1, 1862
Kind Sympathy — Yesterday the remains of a young man named William Nelson of Arkansas, a Confederate soldier, who was taken at the battle of Perryville, and died on reaching this city on Monday, was buried in Elmwood cemetery ... His remains were put off on the levee in a box, and would have been left there probably to decay, had it not been for the kind sympathy of Mrs. Susan Henderson, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Curtis, who had the corpse taken to Mrs. Henderson's and gave it a decent burial. It will be some consolation to the friends and relatives of the deceased, to know that young Nelson was buried by kind friends in Elmwood cemetery. (Memphis Argus, 29th)
Nov. 2, 1862
Memphis Correspondence from "A Secesh Girl" — Tell the boys, in behalf of the secession ladies of Memphis, that we are waiting anxiously for their return. We are stowing away delicacies of all descriptions which will be spread before them, in ample profusion, upon their arrival; we have also laid aside several boxes of candles, with which we intend to illuminate our house when the Confederate flag again floats over the "Bluff City."
Nov. 4, 1862
Memphis Intelligence — The seizure of property by the Federals has gone much farther than has been generally exposed. Hundreds of individuals and families are compelled to pay rent for their own properties, and it is announced that none will be exempt such as will "take the oath." Many men are paying rent for the use of their own business houses ... Of the old police force, one hundred in number, fifty-six refused to take the oath, and have been dismissed.
Look out for spies. The Federals at Memphis are constantly advised of the position of things in North Mississippi through the instrumentality of spies that daily pass our lines. By this means, not only the positions and numbers of our armies are known to the enemy, but also our plans.