Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

Proposal introduced to change state song to ‘Dixie,’ fly Confederate flag outside Capitol

JACKSON — A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to “Dixie” and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot can be […] [...]

Association gets funding for work on Grant’s personal memoirs

STARKVILLE — A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will allow the Ulysses S. Grant Association to continue its work on the first two volumes of the personal memoirs of President Ulysses S. Grant. The grant of $43,490 will be used by the association for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The association is […] [...]

Future in question for historic Chickasaw Bayou battle site

On a wet, gray day in late December, nearly 300 Americans were killed just north of Vicksburg, and another 1,100-plus were injured. Today, it is largely forgotten, commemorated only by a single, badly scarred historical marker standing on U.S. Highway 61 Business. The event was the Civil War’s battle of Chickasaw Bayou, a failed attempt […] [...]

“A Chain of Thunder”: Novelist Jeff Shaara marks 150th anniversary of the Seige of Vicksburg

Best-selling Civil War novelist Jeff Shaara says the audience he wants to reach the most are the ones that come to him often after reading his books saying, “I didn’t know that.” With its railroads and location on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi was a vitally important fortress city […] [...]

Amaze friends with fun facts about Mississippi

You would not want to get into an argument or game about Mississippi trivia with D.K. White. The Jackson writer and collector of trivial facts would surely win. His lifelong hobby of researching and collecting obscure facts was published last October in a slim 96-page volume with a name almost longer than the book. For […] [...]

Ballard writing again

Civil War author, professor and Mississippi State University archivist Michael B. Ballard has turned the page and begun writing another chapter in his own life-retirement. Ballard, whose most recent book “The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles” was released in 2011 by University Press of Mississippi, is an MSU doctoral graduate in history, […] [...]

Winschel retiring from Vicksburg National Military Park

VICKSBURG — Terry Winschel came to Vicksburg for a job and says he found a home. Winschel was a 22-year-old seasonal ranger just a few months out of college when he reported to the Vicksburg National Military Park in 1977. This week he will retire, after 35 years in federal service, most of it spent […] [...]

Cell tower plan dropped by AT&T

HERNANDO — Plans for a controversial AT&T cell tower south of Hernando have been dropped. AT&T, facing static from neighbors fearing harm to health and safety and from history buffs noting a nearby Civil War clash in 1863, has retreated. The site of the proposed tower was off Robertson Gin Road south of Hernando. DeSoto […] [...]

Senators urge panel to approve battlefield expansion bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging a Senate panel to advance their legislation authorizing the expansion of three units of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The National Park Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has received testimony on the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond […] [...]

Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate vets

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on […] [...]

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