Harper's Weekly 03/15/1862


We devote Page 166 168 to illustrations of Memphis,
Tennessee, from sketches taken before the war by
our famous artists, Porte Crayon, of Virginia, now
an officer in the army of the Union.

Memphis is now the only large city in Tennessee
which is not in the hands of Union troops. It
stands on an elevated bluff on the left bank of the
Mississippi, at the head of ship navigation, 790
miles by the river from New Orleans, and 240 from
Cairo. It is the termination of the Memphis and
Charleston Railroad, and is a place of much busi-
ness activity, being the distributing point for the
produce of West Tennessee. The rebellion has
probably ruined it. The following extract from a
Cairo letter gives an idea of the state of affairs
there at present:

The Memphis papers repeat the old catch-words about
fighting till every man, woman, and child is killed, and
the impossibility of subjugating the South; but abound in
rebukes to the people for their lethargy, and implore them
to fly to arms. They denounce with great bitterness citi-
zens of Memphis for refusing to take Confederate money,
and at the same time paying a premium of 25 per cent for
“Lincoln Treasury notes;” and one of them adds: “We
warn these men to make their peace with their Creator,
for this city will never be abandoned with them in it!”
Even a year of the reign of terror has not produced “una-
nimity” in Memphis.

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