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Rare Confederate Memphis broadside...
Item # 662805
April 20, 1861
DAILY APPEAL EXTRA, Memphis, Tennessee, April 20, 1861 An extremely scarce item, being a broadside edition (printed on one side only) of a newspaper from early in the Confederacy from a city which was only "Confederate" until the battle of Memphis, June 6, 1862, after which it was in Yankee control.
The front has a very nice graphic devise at the top of the first column showing a cannon and Confederate flag, with heads: "THE WAR NEWS ! " "Star of the West Taken As A Prize ! " "Harper's Ferry Burned---Arms and Munitions Destroyed ! " "Munitions of War From Louisiana ! " "Arms & Ammunition Offered the City of Memphis". A bit further down the first column are: "Lincoln Blockades All Southern Ports ! " "East Tennessee all Right ! " "Gov. Hicks Declares It Impossible to Subjugate The South ! "
The Second column has an article headed: "Call for Tennessee Volunteers" and "Letter From Gen. Pillow ! " There is also a report: "By this Morning's Mail ! " beginning: "Private telegrams received here from Virginia state that a secession ordinance was adopted in the convention at one o'clock this morning..." (see). The balance of the front page is taken up with other war-related events.
The back page has glued on it a map of the Vicksburg vicinity. The siege of Vicksburg didn't happen until mid-May, 1863 thru its fall to the Yankees on July 4, 1863. Note that the heading of the map reads: "Position of the Fleets Above and Below The City" showing the positions of both Porter's and Farragut's fleets. Their appearance in the Mississippi did not happen until 1863 so this mapped was tipped on to this broadside at least two years later.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, some loss to the first column (see), old tape mends to the first column as well, and a bit close-trimmed at the spine edge affecting just a few letters. Some light damp staining, a wide right margin, and very mild wear.
An exceedingly rare opportunity for a Confederate broadside newspaper.