Show image list »
First issue printed in Jackson... Lincoln's annual address...
Item # 605503
December 13, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, Dec. 13, 1862
* President Abraham Lincoln
* State of the Union Address
* In a rare Confederate title
If the title and city of publication seem to be in conflict, they are not. This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War--see the information at the bottom of this listing.
This is the first issue printed in Jackson. The top of the back page has: "Change Of Location" which begins: "Having removed the publication office of the Appeal from Grenada to Jackson..." followed by: "To Our Friends" as well as: "Our Debut In Jackson".
Most of the front page is taken up with the: "Message Of Abraham Lincoln" being his annual state-of-the-union address, signed by him in type: Abraham Lincoln. Interesting to have this in a Confederate newspaper. Page 2 has an interesting editorial on it headed: "Lincoln's Message" which includes: "...It is thoroughly characteristic of the Gorilla Chief...the language & ideas of the address are but little if any above those of a well-raised negro..." (see). Various other war-related reports on the back page as well.
Complete as a full size single sheet newspaper, one tiny worm hole affects essentially nothing, very nice condition.
Memphis was a Confederate stronghold up through the Battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862, at which time the Yankees moved in and it became a Yankee city. The "Memphis Daily Appeal", dedicated to the Southern cause rallying both civilians & soldiers, it was the most important newspaper of the region, soon famously known as the "Moving Appeal."
On June 6, 1862, the presses and plates were loaded into a boxcar and moved to Grenada, Mississippi, where it stayed for a few months, until approaching Federal troops threatened again, forcing a move in November 1862 to Jackson, Mississippi, where it published until May 1863, when Federal troops again arrived. By this time, the Appeal had gained notoriety among Union forces as a rebel sympathizer while it remained on the run. The next stop was Meridian, Mississippi, from where, one issue and two days later, the wandering journalists moved on to Mobile, Alabama, then to Montgomery, and ultimately to Atlanta, the economic heart of the Confederacy. Publication from Atlanta began in June 1863 and continued through July 1864, when it returned to Montgomery, where it published from September 1864 to April 1865. Its final move was to Columbus, Georgia, where Federal forces finally caught up with it. It resumed publication following the war in Memphis on November 5, 1865. During just a four year period this newspaper published in nine different cities. (credit: Tennessee State Library & Archives)