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Wealth of Confederate reporting from this fascinating newspaper title...
Item # 632881
December 29, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, Dec. 29, 1862
* Very rare Confederate title
This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South. Note that this "Memphis" newspaper was published in Jackson, Mississippi. See the information below concerning its history.
The front page is mostly taken up with the: "Address Of President Davis - Delivered to the Hall of Representatives, Jackson, Miss., Dec. 26, 1862". Davis gave this speech during an inspection tour of the western theater. In his speech Davis defended the conscription and exemption acts passed by the Confederate Congress in April, September, and October 1862, which had extended all one-year voluntary enlistments to three years, made white males between eighteen and thirty-five liable to be drafted, and established a series of exempted occupations. The most controversial provision, adopted on October 11, exempted one white male from every plantation with twenty or more slaves.
Also in this issue are: "The War in North Carolina" "From the Rappahannock" "The War In Virginia" "Letter from Richmond" "The Affair at Holly Springs" "West Tennessee" and even more.
Complete as a single sheet issue, one quite tiny worm hole affecting 3 words, 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)