"Hoisting the Stars and Stripes
over the Post-Office at Memphis, Tennessee,"
July 5, 1862, page 420
The Levee at Memphis, Tenn. - Hauling
Sugar and Cotton from their Hiding-Places
for Shipment North,"
July 5, 1862, page 417
"Jackson's Monument at Memphis, Tennessee,
Defaced by the Rebels,"
July 5, 1862, page 420
1862, page 423 (4)
"Colonel Ellet's Ram Fleet on the Mississippi,"
July 5, 1862, page 420
Our old subscribers in Memphis, Tennessee, who
have so long been deprived of Harpers Weekly by the insane rebellion
of the secessionists, will probably not be sorry to find some illustrations of their city
in our pages this week. We publish on page 417 an illustration of the Movement of Sugar
and Cotton on the Levee, a sight which had not been seen at Memphis for many a day
before; and on page 420 a view of the Jackson Monument, defaced by some rascally
rebel; of the Stars and Stripes being hoisted over the Post-Office; and of Colonel
Ellets Ram Flotilla.
Southern Produce Moving.
The rebels burned all the produce they
could find. But a good deal escaped them, and is coming out of hiding-places. The Memphis Avalanche
Independent of the boats, armed and
unarmed, of the Federal fleet, transports are going from and coming to our wharf in such a
way as to awaken a dim memory of the good old times. The Perry started this evening
heavily laden with sugar and cotton. An unusual degree of animation prevails about the
levee, and the echoes of the mallet has again awakened the echo of the bluff. Heaven knows
we need a revival of trade sadly.
The Herald correspondent writes:
Business in Memphis is falling into its old
channels. The J. D. Perry, of the St. Louis and Memphis Steamboat Line, left last
evening with a full freight of sugar, and a boat will start for Cairo to-day laden with a
fine supply of cotton. Drays are already crowding the levee, and cotton and sugar are
coming out of their places of concealment in unlooked-for abundance. A boat came in
yesterday from St. Louis laden to the guards with supplies for the Memphis market.
The Tribune correspondent says:
More and more cotton and sugar is being discovered
daily in and around Memphis, and I have seen numerous parties who boast of their
adroitness in outwitting the minions of the Confederacy, showing the Southern staples as
proofs of their cleverness. A number of flat-boats loaded with New Orleans sugar are now
lying at the mouth of Wolf River, having been brought down the stream since the occupation
of the city, and will be sold by the owners to the highest bidder. In various garrets and
cellars cotton and sugar have developed themselves in considerable quantities, and still
more will come to light during the coming fortnight.
The World correspondent says:
In three days we have had a dozen steamboats partially
loaded with goods, groceries, clothing, etc. The goods have been landed ad stored, and the
boats are loading up with cotton, sugar, and molasses for their return trip. For the
present the purchases are, of course, limited to the bare wants of the consumers, for the
reason that the currency is still unsettled.
The stocks of many articles have been exhausted. Drugs,
tea, coffee, liquors, and articles of fine dress have attained unheard-of prices.
Fire-arms and powder can not be had for money. The rule of the Southern authorities and
the stringency of the blockade has so worked upon the people that for the most part they
are glad to be admitted once more as partakers of our industry.
A telegram to the press, dated Memphis, June 17, via
Cairo, June 18, says:
The shipments north up to-day have beenCotton, 3000
bales; molasses, 5000 barrels, 3000 half barrels; sugar, 6000 barrels. There was much
coming in yesterday.
A correspondent of the World tells the following story,
which illustrates the atrocious oppression practiced by the cotton-burners, and the
feeling of some of the planters. The scene occurred in Louisiana:
The cotton-burners came, they saw, they departed.
"I have come to burn your cotton, Sir."
"By what authority?"
"By the authority of General Beauregard."
"You will not burn my cotton."
"We will burn your cotton."
"Go about it then. But it is my opinion, gentlemen
that you will not burn it."
"What do you propose to do? You dont mean to
say that you will show any opposition to our authority?"
"I simply meant to say that you will not burn my
cotton. Bob, bring a coal of fire."
The fire is brought.
"Gentlemen, there is the fire, and yonder are one
hundred bales of cotton. Proceed."
"Your conduct is very extraordinary, Sir. I should
like to know what you mean."
"Well, Sir, I mean that if you attempt to burn that
cotton I will scatter your brains so far and wide that no power in heaven or earth can
bring them together again. Here, boys, that cotton is yours; defend it or starve."
"Dd strange conduct," mutters Mr. Officer,
sullenly. "Well attend to your case, Sir. We are going down the river; we will
give you a visit on our return."
"Do. Whenever you make up your mind to burn my
cotton, by all means come and burn."
The cowed officer and his posse "fell back in good
order." The valiant Louisianian saved his cotton. He has had no second visit from
I have yet to hear of an instance of voluntary submission
to this cruel cotton "order" of Beauregard. In thousands of cases remonstrance,
threats of men, and tears of women and children were of no avail.
The Jackson Monument.
The Herald correspondent says:
Walking into Jackson Park I approached the statue
of Jackson, which occupies the centre of the green. It is in-closed by a circular iron
fence, and ornamented by carefully trained shrubbery. The bust of the old hero of New
Orleans is placed on the top of a plain shaft of marble, seven or eight feet in height. On
the northern face of the shaft is the inscription?
THE FEDERAL UNION:
IT MUST BE PRESERVED!
The word "Federal" and the first two letters of
"Union" have been chipped by some rampant rebel, presenting an appearance as if
a small hammer had been several times struck across the obnoxious words. It was a very
feeble attempt at defacement of the words that grated harshly on treasons ear.
Colonel Ellets Rams:
These vessels, which proved so effective at
the Battle of Memphis, are mostly old river boats, strengthened at the bow with heavy
timber, and shielded with iron. They cost about $25,000 to $30,000, and can be kept afloat
and in service for about $15,000 a month. Thus far they have proved more than a match for
the most effective class of gun-boats, and will hereafter take a leading place in naval