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A Memphis Confederate newspaper printed in Atlanta... The battle of Gettysburg...
Item # 643381
October 7, 1864
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Montgomery, Alabama, Oct. 7, 1864
* Very Rare Confederate title from the "traveling" newspaper
* Memphis newspaper printed in Montgomery, Alabama
* A wealth of Civil War related reporting
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 was the second appearance of the Appeal in Montgomery after being chased around the South (see below). The front page includes: "The Army and The Stragglers" "Fremont & Cochrane" "Letter From Richmond" "President Davis' Speech at Augusta which takes nearly 1 1/2 columns; "Affairs In Kentucky" "Generals Beauregard and Hardee" "The Campaign of 1864" and even more.
The back page has: "The Situation in Virginia" "News Summary" "Sherman's Supplies" "The Georgia Front" "Another Let5ter form Fremont" "From the Front at Richmond" "Details of Forrest's Movements" "Letter from Richmond..." "The Enemy at Marianna, Fla." and more.
Complete as a single sheet issue, never bound nor trimmed with wide margins, a bit irregular at the left spine margin. A very rare issue as we have just a few from Montgomery.
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)