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A Memphis newspaper from Jackson... Jeff Davis' annual address...



Item # 683046

January 22, 1863

THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Jackson, Mississippi, January 22, 1863 

* Very Rare Confederate title from the "traveling" newspaper
* Memphis newspaper printed in Jackson, Mississippi
* Jefferson Davis - State of the Confederacy address


This newspaper had fascinating history as it was chased around the South. Note that this "Memphis" newspaper was published in Jackson, Mississippi. See the information below concerning its history.
The front page is mostly taken up with the: "PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE" which is signed in type: Jefferson Davis. An excellent document in which the Confederate President offers his views on the progress of the Civil war, with other matters of state as well. Other items on the front page include: "Emancipation in Missouri" "Negro Jubilee in South Carolina" "Preparations for War in Canada--Ammunition and Arms for 200,000 Troops" plus three "General Orders" as well.
War-related reports on the back page as well with 1 1/2 columns on the; "Battle of Murfreesboro". Also: "General Hindman to His Troops" "List of Killed & Wounded" at Murfreesboro" "the President's Message" being an editorial; "Northern Loyalty" and so much more.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, one tiny worm hole, a very wide right margin, 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)

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