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A traveling Confederate newspaper, reporting the Battle of Manassas...

Item # 663354

July 28, 1861

THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Tennessee, July 28, 1861 

* Very rare Confederate title

This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War. See the information at the bottom of this listing.
The front page has: "The Great Battle at Manassas--The Defeat Acknowledged by the Northern Press" with this very detailed coverage taking  2 1/2 lengthy columns. Also: "The Return of President Davis from the Field of Victory" "Richmond Items" and other items.
The inside has much war reporting with even more, extensive coverage of: "The Battle Of Manassas" "Interesting Details" "From Our Southern Exchanges". Many other war-related reports as well. Terrific to have such detail on the Battle of Manassas in a Confederate newspaper.
Four pages, large folio size, never bound nor trimmed, archivally rejoined at the spine, a few other minor margin repairs, generally good condition. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.

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.

Category: Confederate

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