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Wealth of Confederate reporting from this fascinating newspaper title...
Item # 666256
January 7, 1863
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 7, 1863
* Very rare Confederate title
This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South. Note that this "Memphis" newspaper was published in Jackson, Mississippi, and also that this is labeled the: "Army Edition" which we have not seen in other issues of this title we have offered. See the information below concerning its history.
The front page has various items relating to the on-going Civil War including three: "General Orders", "Arrest The Deserters!" "View of a Northern Radical" "Butler's Outrages in New Orleans" "Battle of Prairie Grove" "Butler's
course from a Northern Point of View--A Yankee on Yankee" "Retribution"; a poem titled: "Stonewall Jackson's Way", and more. The back page continues with a great wealth of reporting on the war, a few bits including: "Retreat of Gen. Bragg" "From Vicksburg" "Death of Capt. E.e. Wright "Federal Account of the Battle at Murfreesboro" "Hickman Evacuated--Columbus In Alarm" "Bragg Falls Back from Murfreesboro" and much, much more.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, a very tiny worm hole affects one word, great condition.
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)