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A Memphis Confederate newspaper printed in Atlanta...
Item # 648523
January 19, 1864
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 19, 1864
* Very rare Confederate title
* Publisher on the run
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. See the information at the bottom of this listing.
The front page has: "Confederate States Congress" which takes most of a column; "The War In The Carolina Swamps" "Morgan's Men" "John Martin" "Our Trans-Mississippi Couriers" "Black Republican Hypocrisy" "From General Lee's Army" "The Loss of the Steamer Dare--Full Particulars" and other items.
The back page includes: "Southern Opinion" "A Nest of Robbers Broken Up" "The Prospect For A General War" which is a lengthy editorial; "Confederate States congress--Senate" "Strahl's Brigade Volunteers for the War" "Speech of Gen. Howell Cobb which is over a column; plus a variety of ads.
Complete as a single sheet issue of folio size and in very nice 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."
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, two tiny holes near the middle, evening browning & some spotted foxing, generally in nice condition. A few very small archival mends at the margins.
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)