Show image list »
Confederate newspaper from Memphis... Jeff Davis' speech...
Item # 622779
November 20, 1861
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Tennessee, Nov. 22, (1861)
* Very rare Confederate title
* Jefferson Davis speech
This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War.
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." (see particulars below)
The front page has nearly two columns taken up with the: "President's Message" being his report on the state of the war and the Confederacy at that point. It is signed by him in type: Jefferson Davis. Other content includes: "War & diplomacy" "From the Potomac" "Provisional Government for Kentucky" "Texas Intelligence" and more.
Complete in 4 pages, large folio size, archivally rejoined at the spine, various minor margin tears, a few with small archival mends. A rare opportunity for a Confederate newspaper from Tennessee.
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) This issue was published during the brief 14 month period when Memphis was a Confederate city.