I need to catch up with my Civil War posts, so here's the first one -- from last Sunday's column. Today's news will follow later this afternoon.
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 Jackson, Miss.
Dec. 31, 1862
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH. THE WAR AT VICKSBURG. THE FEDERALS AGAIN REPULSED. Vicksburg, December 30 — A courier has just arrived who states that the enemy attempted to storm our lines again this morning, but, after a severe conflict, they were repulsed with severe loss.
Jan. 1, 1863
Lost. A breastpin, made of the hair of a deceased relative, set in a cluster of grapes. The finder will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at this office.
LINCOLN'S PROCLAMATION — RETALIATION. As the day and time has arrived for the issuance and promulgation of LINCOLN's infamous emancipation proclamation, it is gratifying to know that the popular sentiment of the country is such as will demand a counter proclamation of retaliation from President DAVIS.
(Lincoln's order did not apply to the state of Tennessee. See why at: bit.ly/Uoe9av.)
Jan. 2, 1863
A writer from LaGrange, Tenn., says that the rebel women are suffering grievously for the want of snuff. Their noses are terribly starved. Their prayers for peace, like Yankee psalmody, are uttered through the nose.
(Louisville Journal) The new year breaks in upon us with cheering beams of hope and promise Our arms are everywhere successful, our troops, in the main, are in high health and spirits, while the enemy are reported as disheartened and despondent. Their signal defeat at Fredericksburg and Murfreesboro and their repulse at Vicksburg, taken in connection with the thorough discomfiture of their plans, occasioned by the eminently successful raids of Van Dorn, Morgan and Forrest, may be said to have well nigh broken the back of the war. (Read more about Forrest's famous battle at Parkers Crossroads — "We'll charge 'em both ways!" — at: bit.ly/UokBhG)
Jan. 4, 1863
A very large number of our brethren of the press seem to have ignored our "change of base," as they continue to address their papers to us at Grenada instead of Jackson. We have again to call their attention to this fact, and ask that their mailing clerks be required to make the necessary change on their books.
Jan. 5, 1863 Parties who have arrived here from the vicinity of Memphis bring us later intelligence from that quarter than we have heretofore published. The entrance of the cavalry force of Col. R. V. Richardson into Chelsea and the Fair Grounds, in the suburbs of Memphis, produced quite a panic among the Feds and their allies. … We learn also that on Sunday and Monday last, between fifteen and twenty thousand of Grant's army arrived in Memphis, the remainder supposed to be at or near Grand Junction.