The blog will be back in full operation shortly, but until I can get re-organized after a week of vacation, here's the latest on the Civil War front from 150 years ago. Sometimes you just can't find anything but bad news!
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. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
May 6, 1863
Latest from Virginia — General (Stonewall) Jackson’s left arm was skillfully amputated below the shoulder by Dr. McGuire of Winchester. The general was removed from his country house about fifteen miles distant from the battlefield and is doing well.
May 7, 1863
Morality at a Discount — The Memphis Bulletin asserts that morality, in consequence of the importation of lewd women from the North by steamboat, is at a discount, and adds: “It is no uncommon occurrence to see that class of beings walking arm and arm with men who wear the apparel of gentlemen, who are here in civil as well as military capacity, in broad daylight, to the infinite satisfaction of the women and the great annoyance of respectable people.”
Old Type Metal — A few hundred pounds of old type metal can be had by application at the APPEAL office. (Planning to move APPEAL operations out of Jackson, Miss. as Grant advanced, editor John McClanahan began getting rid of the paper’s metal type. He would buy metal and pour new fonts in Atlanta after relocating the newspaper to Georgia in June.)
May 9, 1863
A report came to the city yesterday afternoon that Gen. Van Dorn had been assassinated in Middle Tennessee. (Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn commanded the cavalry corps, Army of Tennessee. On May 7, he was shot in the back of the head while writing at his desk in Spring Hill. He was killed by Dr. James B. Peters, who claimed that Van Dorn had carried on an affair with Peters’ wife.)
May 11, 1863
Death of General Stonewall Jackson — The Confederacy is called on to mourn the death of one of our most illustrious heroes; one who, during the war, has filled the world with his fame, and won the love and gratitude of a nation ... Such a loss at such a time, is indeed a national calamity. (Jackson was wounded during the Battle of Chancellorsville by friendly fire and died eight days later. His final words: “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”)