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 Atlanta. Perspective from our staff is in italics.
Aug. 20, 1863
Horses for Gen. Forrest — Major C.S. Severson, General Forrest’s quartermaster, advertises in another column for seventy-five horses, to make up the deficiency in Gen. Forrest’s artillery train ... When we consider the immense sacrifices that have been made by those portions of our country that have been overrun, or subjected to the raids of the enemy, and contrast them with that which is now asked of us in depriving ourselves of an extra riding, carriage or buggy horse, for which we are to receive a fair valuation, the matter assumes its real and proper aspect.
Aug. 21, 1863
Memphis Intelligence — The board of school visitors met for the purpose of deliberating upon the expediency of establishing a high school for the more advanced classes of the public schools. After mature thought they decided that such a school was necessary for the public good, and that a house be at once selected in some central location for that purpose. Dr. Allen M. Scott was nominated to fill the teacher’s chair for the ensuing scholastic year. It was determined that the salary should be $1500 a year.
Aug. 24, 1863
The Raids in Mississippi — Two large raids, one from Yazoo City, the other from Memphis, were sent out for the purpose of destroying the immense quantity of railroad stock accumulated at Grenada. (Confederate General) Chalmers engaged the Memphis column near Panola and was defeated. The Yazoo columns reached Grenada, and destroyed forty locomotives and a large number of passenger and freight cars, sent there for safety ... The damage inflicted is incalculable and irreparable.
Aug. 25, 1863
From the Tennessee River — There has been no firing from the enemy’s batteries opposite Chattanooga since Saturday evening, but the enemy continues to hold his position. The town has been almost entirely evacuated — the public stores having been removed, and almost all the non-combatants have sought a place of safety.