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A Memphis newspaper printed in Jackson, Mississippi...
Item # 647355
January 31, 1863
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 31, 1863
* Very rare Confederate title
This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South--see the information below. Note that the city of publication, "Jackson", is noted near the top of page 2.
The front page has much on the war including: "Federal Reports from Port Hudson" "From Washington" "Congressional Proceedings" from Richmond; "Federal Officers in Tennessee" "Federal Reports From Mobile" "Answer to a Yankee General's Remonstrance" "Letter from Lincoln to McClellan" which is signed in type: A. Lincoln; "A Daring Adventure of the War" "Finances of the Confederate States" and other items.
The back page continues with much war reporting, including: "Kentucky--Her Legislature & People" "Mobile & Port Hudson" "The Election Farce in West Tennessee" "Vicksburg" "The Southern Railroad" "Letter from Tennessee" is from the camp near Shelbyville; "Letters From Vicksburg" "Letter From Richmond" "Yankees Ahead" "Stanford's Battery" "A Connected Account of the Attack on Vicksburg" "Affairs in Tennessee" "Latest Northern Intelligence" "Vicksburg Items" and other bits.
Complete as a full size, single sheet newspaper, some foxing, and a tiny hole near the middle, closes-trimmed at the right margin of the bkpg. only does not affect any mentioned reports.
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)