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"Memphis" newspaper printed in Jackson during the Civil War... Battle of Murfreesboro...

Item # 645179

January 30, 1863

THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 30, 1863 (see note about the title below)
The front page has a rather lengthy report headed: "The Battle at Murfreesboro" with much detail (see for portions). The front page also has: "Intercepted Dispatches", "The Career of the Alabama" & Threatened Revolution in Indiana".
The back page has: "The Public Debt", "No Longer Dupes", "Letters From Vicksburg", "Letter From Richmond" which is signed: "Dixie", "Federals Arriving", "Rumors from Kentucky", "Lincoln Frightened", "Another Vessel Captured", "Dialogue Between Mayor Acton & an Old Lincoln Woman" and even more.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, a tiny worm hole affecting just a few letters, very nice, and in clean condition.

Note:  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. 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)

A curious note concerning this specific issue. It is the only one I've see without a dateline in the masthead. It was never included. The date of "Jan. 30" appears at the top of the back page (see photos), and the reports carry January, 1863 dates, but there is no date in the masthead.

Category: Confederate

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