'Voice Of The Confederacy'

April 18, 1861

The newspaper earned its nickname — the Voice of the Confederacy — as an outspoken advocate, as evidenced by this headline from the outset of the war.

THE CIVIL WAR BEGUN!
The Conflict Inaugurated at Charleston!
FORT SUMTER ATTACKED!
Triumph of the Southern Forces Probable!



June 8, 1861

THE ELECTION TODAY — It is scarcely necessary, we trust, to dwell upon the necessity of everyone’s going to the polls today and voting for the Declaration of Southern Independence. The man who fails to vote, without good reason, must justly be an object of suspicion in the community. He who neglects this great duty — we could better say, privilege — will have cause to regret to the last day of his life.

— Editorial



April 6, 1862

Filed via telegraph by correspondent Robert Ette:

CORINTH, April 6, 2 o’clock p.m. — A great battle commenced at daylight this morning. We have driven the Federal forces back two miles and our victorious columns are still advancing.
The First Louisiana has taken a Federal battery and several others have been captured …
It is reported that our left wing has reached the river below the enemy’s right. The loss is heavy and the battle is still furiously progressing. Prisoners captured and sent in report the enemy’s force is one hundred and twenty thousand.

CORINTH, April 6, 3 ¼ p.m. — The battle is still raging fiercely …
Our forces are four miles from the river, and the enemy is falling back. Battle very severe.

April 7, 1862

BATTLEFIELD, April 7, 2 p.m. — We slept last night in the enemy’s camp.
Immense spoils and two thousand prisoners in our hands.
The enemy, reinforced by a division of seven thousand strong, from below, engaged us again this morning at sunrise. The battle was desperate all morning, our center and left being engaged.
The enemy was driven back at 10 o’clock, but renewed the attack with great vigor and fresh troops, probably from Buell’s column.
The battle is raging now, and the fire terrible.
Loss in number is very heavy.

June 9, 1862

Confederate forces were routed on June 6 in the largest inland naval battle in history. As Memphis fell, The Appeal packed up its press and headed for Grenada, Mississippi, where it resumed publication three days later.

GRENADA, Miss. — Memphis has fallen. But it is a source of pride to us in this our first issue from another theater of operations, to record the fact, that she fell honorably … The city is conquered, but her people are not crushed or converted to Lincolnism … To their honor be it recorded!!

November 5, 1865

We have no unmanly excuses to make, no stultifying recantation of opinions once honestly entertained, but the stern logic of events has practically compelled their renunciation. We frankly and truly accept the interpretation that has been stamped with the red verdict of the war on the Constitution, of the indestructibility of the Union of States and people which makes us, for all time, a mighty and indivisible Republic. We recognize and abide by the logical sequence of the late, unhappy Civil War in destruction, now and forever, of the institution of African slavery.

— Editorial upon resumption of publication in Memphis.