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Narrative on Lookout Mountain & Missionary Ridge, in a Georgia newspaper...



Item # 655295

December 31, 1863

THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Atlanta, Georgia, December 31, 1863  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 front page includes: "Capt. Posey's Narrative" with subheads: "Battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge--Capture of Troops--Captivity and Escape of Capt. Posey" which is by Capt. Ben. Lane Posey.  This report is exceedingly detailed and takes close to five columns.
The back page has an editorial headed: "The Expiring Year" which reflects upon the efforts of the year 1863. Also: "Our Army Correspondence which takes close to two columns; "A Northern View of President Davis' Message & the  Prospects of the South" "Execution of a Rebel Spy at Pulaski, Tennessee" and other smaller items. There is a very nice & quite lengthy ad headed: "$1000 REWARD !  RUNAWAY NEGROES.  STOP THEM ! STOP THEM ! " with more (see).
Complete as a single sheet newspaper of folio size, close trimmed at the bottom half of the right margin causes some loss to the ftpg. only but not to any mentioned items.
A rare opportunity for a Confederate newspaper printed in Atlanta Georgia, its fifth city of publication during the Civil War.

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