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 no longer publishing from Grenada, Miss.
On this date 150 years ago, the Daily Appeal had departed Grenada, Miss. Grant's forces were advancing toward the city and supplies were cut off. The newspaper, without ink, was being printed using boot blacking. The Appeal's farewell edition appeared on November 29 and the operation moved by rail to Jackson, Miss., where the newspaper resumed publication on December 13. A correspondent of the Knoxville (Tenn.) Daily Register, a Confederate newspaper, reported that Appeal editor John McClanahan put a sign above his room at the Bowman House in Jackson which proclaimed it to be "Memphis Headquarters." This week, in the absence of the Daily Appeal, we have excerpts from the Memphis Bulletin, a pro-Union newspaper.
Dec. 4, 1862
An expedition of about 20,000 Feds moved from Helena last Thursday. They ... proceeded over land toward Grenada. The Grenada Appeal had been engaged in moving off its type and fixtures for several days past, but toward the latter part of last week they stopped their paper and devoted all their energies to getting their property out of danger. It is said that they have gone to Atlanta, where they hope to have a longer resting spell than they enjoyed at Grenada.
Dec. 5, 1862
In consequence of having received invitations to become pastor of churches in Ohio, the Rev. Dr. Grundy will tomorrow morning preach his farewell sermon at the Second Presbyterian Church. (From the August 12, 1862 issue of the Daily Appeal: "we learn that by order of Gen. Sherman, the Second Presbyterian Church has been turned over to Dr. Grundy, and the pastor installed by the congregation ousted. The doctor is thus rewarded for his treachery to his native South.")
Dec. 6, 1862
It is supposed the Confederates have fallen back to Yorkney Creek, about seven miles south of Oxford, Miss., where the rough character of the country will give them a great advantage in the approaching battle. This is perhaps the reason why they fell back without a fight, and permitted the unmolested occupation of Abbeville.
Dec. 8, 1862
Every citizen should see that his family is vaccinated against smallpox. Those who wish to escape danger must themselves take means for security. Vaccination is an operation quickly and easily performed and should not be delayed. They city should at once provide means for the poor being vaccinated without expense to them.
Dec. 9, 1862
Although the law permits sleeping, it does not allow hackmen to take that repose in their vehicles in the street, as unfortunate accidents might be the result. For so doing, J. H. Plunkett was yesterday fined five dollars by the Recorder.