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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
7:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

The Million Dollar Quartet

The Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Elvis dropped by Sun Studios to visit Sam Phillips. Although Elvis was now a recording star with RCA, he was still close to Phillips, his old friend and mentor. 

At the time, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis were at the studio working together on some of Perkins' latest songs. When Johnny Cash happened to stop by, the four musicians started singing together.

Phillips knew he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He called the Commercial Appeal, and they sent over a photographer. The result was the only performance of the “Million Dollar Quartet.”

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Memphis Moments
5:32 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

John Erskine

Dr. John Erskine

Dr. John Erskine was buried in Elmwood Cemetery on September 17, 1878. Dr Erskine was a native of Alabama. He and his older brother moved to Memphis in the 1850s to practice medicine. He served as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Returning to Memphis after that, he became interested in public health and was appointed the city health officer. He was one of the 110 doctors who tended to the sick and dying during the deadly Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.

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Memphis Moments
5:45 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Yazoo Delta's Railroad

September 10, 1884, is an important date in Memphis history, although one often forgotten. 

This was the day that the final spike was driven for the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, later to become a part of the Illinois Central Gulf.

The railroad would open service between Memphis and Vicksburg, through the previously un-served Yazoo Delta. It opened the area to constant trade and year-round markets. Lumber, cotton, beans, and manufactured products were shipped on this new railroad.

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
7:13 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Forrest's Raid On Memphis

Forrest's raid into Memphis -- Rebel attack on the Irving prison. From Harper's weekly: a journal of civilization. Sept. 10, 1864
Credit George H. Ellsbury - Harper's 1864 / The New York Public Library, Digital Gallery

Ever since the Battle of Memphis in June of 1862, the town had been in Union hands. This was especially galling to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, since Memphis was his home town.

On September 10, 1864 Forrest staged a nighttime raid, hoping to free Confederate prisoners and capture two Union Generals, Washburne and Hurlburt, who were in command there. Forrest led about 1,500 men against a force of 6,000 Union soldiers. His forces arrived on Beale Street, and then split up.

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:44 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Davy Crockett's Arrival in Memphis

King of the Wild Frontier
Credit John Gadsby Chapman, Oil on Canvas / Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Davy Crockett, folk hero, West Tennessee Congressman, bear-hunter, and martyr of the Alamo, had a colorful reputation, which he enjoyed and promoted. And his first entry into Memphis was a fitting addition to his legend.

 

Along with being an Indian Scout, frontiersmen, farmer, and politician, Crockett was an entrepreneur.

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