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The Battle of Antietam... Confederate newspaper printed in Grenada, Mississippi...
Item # 644918
September 22, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Grenada, Mississippi, Sept. 22, 1862
* Very rare Confederate title
* Publisher on the run
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. 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. Being a strong voice for the Confederacy, the "Memphis Appeal" newspaper would not continue under Yankee control. As Wikipedia notes: "...On June 6, 1862, the presses and plates were loaded into a boxcar and moved to Grenada, Mississippi, where it published for some time. The Appeal later journeyed to Jackson, Mississippi, Meridian, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, and finally Montgomery, Alabama, where the plates were destroyed on April 6, 1865, only days before the Confederate surrender, halting publication of what had been one of the major papers serving the Southern cause." So this one newspaper published in six different Confederate cities during the Civil War.
The back page contains an early report on the Battle of Antietam, containing some sketchy, early reports, with: "Later--Another Battle In Maryland" "Severe Loss of General Officers" "The Enemy Routed the Second Day!", the text including: "...The whole strength of both armies was engaged in the fight..."The New York Herald of the 18th claims a victory at Sharpsburg. Its dispatches are contradictory, but concur in stating that the Confederates were defeated...". The battle of Antietam was the bloodiest day's fighting of the entire war, both sides losing over 10,9000 men in killed & wounded. The result was essentially a draw, however the significance was Lee's invasion of the North was halted.
Relating to this is a bkpg. item: "The Panic at Maryland" and "Conflicting Reports from Maryland" " "From Maryland", plus other war-related items including: "Between Two Fires" "The People of West Tennessee" "Capture of Harper's Ferry" by Stonewall Jackson, which was significant as well; "Latest Northern Intelligence" "More Boasting" "From Buell's Department" "Latest From Cumberland Gap" and other items.
The front page has some items as well including: "Later From Nashville--Buell Hastening to its Support--Troops Sent to Operate Against Kirby Smith" "Later From Minnesota" "Another Advance by the Enemy" "Army Before Cincinnati" "From Kentucky" "Harper's Ferry" "Enemy Within Six Miles of Covington" and more.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, light water stain at the right margin, very nice condition.