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Memphis newspaper printed in Atlanta...
Item # 643863
January 15, 1864
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Atlanta, Georgia, January 15, 1864 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. Among the front page reports are: "Streight's Last Raid--Attempt to Escape from the Libby--Undermining The Walls", "How Stands France Towards Us?", "Confederate States Congress", "Thoughts On Subjugation", "A Hell On Earth", "Senator Brown From Mississippi", "The Condition of the Army of Tennessee", "Record of Yankee Atrocity & Treachery", "Secession & Revolution" and other smaller items.
The back page has a lengthy editorial headed: "The Prospect Before Us". Also: "From Arkansas", "A Noble Example Set", "Our Need of Vigorous Preparations" and other smaller items. Many advertisements as well including one headed: "Valuable Negroes" and "40 Negro Fellows" wanted to purchase, and "Negro Coopers" and "Negro Shoemaker" wanted.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper with a full banner masthead, 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)