Memphis appeal account.
But it is a source of pride to us, in this our first issue from another theatre of operations, to record the fact, that she fell honorably, and with her “flag nailed to the mast-head.”
For months the city has been the object of Federal hopes and aspirations, not only because of its important position with reference to the Mississippi valley
, but because it was believed that there existed among its people a Union sentiment which would extend and give tone to the community of the entire State.
At last they have succeeded in attaining their object.
Their gunboats now swarm before her portals; the Stars and Stripes are now flaunting from her public edifices; her streets are guarded with Federal soldiery, and a Federal commander has usurped the powers which belong to her municipal rulers.
Yet not one voice, to our knowledge, has been raised in behalf of the new administration — not one heart has throbbed in sympathy with the invader.
In order to convey to our readers a comprehensive account of the surrender, we should observe that the evacuation of Forts Pillow
and taken place two days before.
All of the ammunition, stores, and many of the guns had been brought away.
Yet, so quietly was this done, that notwithstanding the close proximity of the enemy, they were not aware of the fact until the last man was miles away from the position, en route
, and the last dollar's worth of confederate property either removed or rendered valueless.
Thursday morning found the troops all in Memphis
about to depart for another sphere of action.
Thursday night the Federal fleet followed close upon their footsteps, and anchored five