Miss. license plate proposed to honor KKK leader

A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, [...]

Plan would expand Vicksburg National Military Park

Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have again proposed expanding the Vicksburg National Military Park to add the battlefields of Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond.
The bill was filed in Congress this week by the Republican senators. A similar bill was filed last year.
It would authorize the National Park Service to acquire about 10,000 [...]

Old Capitol event commemorates Miss. secession

Historian Timothy Smith says the growing list of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is important in Mississippi because knowledge about the conflict helps explain the state’s current condition.
Smith, a Carrollton, native and a professor at the University of Tennessee-Martin, participated in a program Friday focusing on the state’s decision to secede [...]

Shirley House renovations on schedule at park

Rededication of the Vicksburg National Military Park’s lone surviving structure that dates to the Civil War is on pace for the spring.
Meanwhile, a long-range plan to re-create some of the park’s 1860s landscape is under way and awaits funding.
Shirley House renovations begun earlier this year to spruce up the nearly 180-year-old structure are on schedule, [...]

Miss. preparing for its Civil War commemoration

State and local tourism officials are hoping Civil War commemoration events, including re-enactments and conferences, will draw money-spending visitors to Mississippi over the next four years.
The state will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the conflict from 2011 to 2015.
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MSU unveils new Civil War Website

Civil War buffs and members of the Mississippi Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission were on campus of Mississippi State University for the unveiling of a new website.MSU recently developed a new website that will help navigate visitors to Civil War sites, the state of Mississippi and sites of interest for Civil War enthusiasts.
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MSU historian part of national Civil War conversation

What if Abraham Lincoln had lost his 1860 presidential election?
Respected academic historian John F. Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State, believes a Civil War would still have happened, but may have begun later than 1861.
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COCHRAN-WICKER BILL INTRODUCED TO AUTHORIZE EXPANSION OF VICKSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

Legislation authorizing the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park in Claiborne and Hinds counties has been introduced by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker as a primary cosponsor.
The Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.3952) would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire—through voluntary sale, donation or [...]

Do you know real Civil War stories?

What is your level of Civil War savvy? Do your eyes glaze over at the very thought of dry historical facts and military science details? Or do you sit up nights glued to The History Channel? How willingly do you connect with real people and their real stories from this “postage stamp” of soil?
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Legendary Lawman Richard Griffith

I have to say thank you to those of you that have sent me emails suggesting individuals to cover in this column. Many of the suggestions are off the beaten path and have required an enormous amount of research. Some of these lawmen just don’t have that much written about them, even if they are [...]