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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin: Poet Laureate Of The River

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Apperson Crump And Blanche Hamilton Karsch

Credit Apperson Crump

Blanche Hamilton Karsch was grocery shopping in Memphis when she learned that she had received a 3.5 million dollar inheritance. Mrs. Karsch responded with “Really. That’s nice,” before selecting a 5¢ head of lettuce.

But things weren’t that easy. Blanche had been adopted from a New York orphanage by Hugh and Kate Magevney Hamilton, a prominent Memphis couple. When Mrs. Hamilton died, many Magevney relatives challenged the distribution of the inheritance to Karsch. 

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:40 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

USS Memphis

USS Memphis (1862)
U.S. Naval Historical Center

Six ships in the United States Navy have had the name USS Memphis. In 1858 and 1859 the first ship to be named the Memphis was used in river expedition to Paraguay to demand an apology for an unprovoked attack on another US ship.

The second USS Memphis, built in 1861, was a seven gun steamer used by the Confederate navy to run Union blockades. In 1862, the Union captured the ship and brought it into the service of the US navy. It was decommissioned in 1867.

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:55 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mark Twain in Memphis

Mark Twain in 1907

Samuel Clemens, better known to readers worldwide as Mark Twain, had an intimate connection with Memphis. 

Before he achieved fame as a writer, Clemens worked on the Mississippi River and made frequent stops in the Bluff City. At one time, he even had all of his mail forwarded to a box in Memphis, attesting to his connection with the city.

It is tragedy, however, which is most often remembered as the link between Clemens and Memphis. Clemens' love for the river led him to convince his younger brother Henry to also seek work on the Mississippi.

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MEMPHIS MOMENTS
5:50 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Battle of Memphis

The Battle of Memphis
A.R. Ward

When the Civil War broke out, Memphis declared its allegiance to the Southern cause. 

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