Once again, our Civil War-Era ancestors prove that human foolishness has no boundaries of time or place.
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.
Nov. 19, 1862
McCLELLAN'S REMOVAL. This act of the Federal administration is one of the startling events of these stirring times, and its being unexpected in any quarter has contributed to the interest manifested by the whole public. The effect at the North has been to increase the bitterness of partisan strife between the conservatives and Abolitionists ... (President Lincoln battled his own general. Read more at http://bit.ly/T9Vx8c.)[Readers of "The Road to Frogmore" may note that this event caused a major crisis in the story of Laura owne and her relationship with Union Army officials.]
Nov. 21, 1862
In the Memphis district notes of preparation for an election are beginning to be heard. B. D. Nabors and J. M. Tominy announce their willingness to misrepresent the people of the district at Washington. But little more than a year ago the first named canvassed the district for a seat in the Confederate Congress, but the people spurned him by a majority of thousands. He is now the arch-traitor. Tominy strikes high for his first political position, and if successful his feeble intellect will not enable him to do much harm.
[Apparently politicians have not changed much over the years!]
We find the following in the (Memphis Bulletin): The people of Grenada are said to be quite lively over the prospect which opens upon them of having to move to other quarters. There are some who are already beginning to calculate the chances and prepare accordingly; others will remain. The APPEAL people, who have been so rampageous where there was no danger, will probably be brought up standing with some whom they have denounced.
Nov. 22, 1862
In view of the threatened invasion of Mississippi by the Federal army, we have been requested to state that a public meeting of the citizens of Yalobusha and adjoining counties will be held in Grenada on Tuesday next to take into consideration the best means of defense.
Nov. 24, 1862
The rebels have enjoyed an immense advantage in having generals of dash and pluck, like Beauregard, Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and still more, in having a government which put them forward, while the generals who have been the chief favorites with our government have been of the McClellan and Buell "masterly inactivity" order, who have always gone into battle, like a schoolboy driven to school ... (St. Louis Democrat)
Nov. 25, 1862
Special Correspondence of the Memphis Appeal. Richmond, November 15, 1862. ... Folly and extravagance have not ceased with the war. I heard of a young Richmond belle, yesterday, just about to be married, who paid $85 for one bonnet, $50 for a second, and $45 for a third, for her nuptials. This is none of Dixie's business, but the young bride had far better have given two-thirds of the money to cover the feet of the soldiers than her own pretty head. DIXIE