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.
I have neglected the Civil War calendar posts all through February, so we'll be catching up for the next several days.
Jan. 30, 1863
Several inmates of the military prison at Memphis, in the Irving building, made their escape a few nights since. (A parking garage that was built on the site of the infamous Irving Block Prison on North Second Street east of Court Square has recently been demolished. For more on the history of the prison, see http://bit.ly/119tmK1).
Letter from Richmond — The Yankees are beginning to suffer for their inhuman edict at the commencement of the war, making medicines contraband, and forbidding their being sent into our lines. A very violent and aggravated from of erisypelas, which is nothing more or less than gangrene, has broken out here in the military prisons among the Yankee troops brought from Murfreesboro, which cannot be successfully treated by our physicians in consequence of the want of medicines suited to the complaint. (From APPEAL correspondent DIXIE)
Jan. 31, 1863
The APPEAL today resumes its usual dimensions and appearance — a fact at which we rejoice as much as we feel confident our readers will. The complaints that have reached us of the smallness of the type we have been using will be hereafter obviated.
Feb. 2, 1863
The Memphis Enquirer — This is a new abolition journal, which has stolen the name of an old and well known city paper, under which to do its dirty work, and the APPEAL building, with all its excellent facilities in which to print its issues. B.F.C. Brooks is the editor and proprietor; Brooks' honesty, politically as well as otherwise, was always questionable; this appropriation of the property of others will put all doubt at rest.
The Blockade at Vicksburg — By reference to our special dispatch it will be seen that one of the enemy's boats has succeeded in running the gauntlet of our batteries defending Vicksburg. From the tenor of the information received we are under the impression the daring feat was accomplished by one of the fast rams, whose exploits we witnessed at Memphis in June last.
Feb. 3, 1863
Federal Reports from the South / From the Memphis Bulletin - It was understood that the command of the whole Western department has been given to Gen. Joe Johnston. He is massing an immense force near Vicksburg. It is estimated that he can, on an emergency, bring fully one hundred and fifty thousand men to its defense. They are said to be determined to stake everything on their ability to hold Vicksburg, and to preserve their communication with the States of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.