Students Get a Taste of Civil War Encampments

With the 150th anniversary of the start of rhe Civil War coming in 2011, students from Louisiana and Mississippi got a three-day drill on what camp life was like for the average soldier.
The annual Civil War Adventure Camp, held recentlly at historic Jefferson College near Natchez, brought together 8-12-year-old boys and girls for interaction with [...]

Vicksburg’s Role in the Civil War (Audio)

The Battle of Vicksburg in 1863 may have been the most consequential fight of the Civil War. More important than, yes, Gettysburg.
That’s the view of my guest, Winston Groom, the great Alabama-based novelist and historian.
The Vicksburg Siege split the Confederacy in two, brought Ulysses S. Grant to the fore, and sealed, he says, the fate [...]

Civil War commemoration plans ongoing

A reenactment of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglass debates at the gazebo on the bluff is one idea that might come to life to honor the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture Museum Director Darrell White said.
A group of historians, park rangers and re-enactors, as well as representatives of the [...]

Civil War re-enactors gather in northern Miss.

About 200 spectators and Civil War re-enactors gathered in northern Mississippi this weekend to mark the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads.
Confederate forces led by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a much larger Union force on June 10, 1864.

Corinth, Mississippi – A Little Known Siege of the Civil War

From Shiloh, Tennessee we drove the twenty-two miles south to Corinth, Mississippi located in the Northeast corner of the state. Most people have heard of the Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest in the Civil War, but few know about the siege of Corinth. Corinth during the 1860s was a major railroad crossing connecting [...]

A tale of a table

Several years ago I inherited a table. Along with the table I inherited a family story that dates back to 1864. The table originally belonged to my great grandfather and served as his dining table. The story in which the table plays a major role occurred during the Civil War.
In May of 1864, several months [...]

Kentucky monument dedication Saturday in Mississippi

After more than 100 years, Kentucky Confederate veterans who fought in Vicksburg during the Civil War will have a monument dedicated to them.
The newest addition to the Vicksburg National Military Park will be dedicated Saturday on Confederate Avenue on the South Loop between tour stops 13 and 14.

Statue dedication scheduled

A life-sized statue of Jefferson Davis, his 5-year-old son Joe Davis and another boy of the same age, Jim Limber, will be dedicated Saturday during Beauvoir’s Confederate Memorial Day observance in Biloxi.
Beauvoir and its museum make up the estate where Davis retired.
Rick Forte Sr., Beauvoir’s acting director, tells The Sun Herald that Davis and his [...]

Davis statue to be dedicated

A statue of Jefferson Davis that seemed as orphaned as one of the little boys whose hand he holds in the bronze sculpture has found a permanent home at Beauvoir, the estate where Davis retired.
The life-sized casting of Davis, his 5-year-old son Joe Davis and the other boy of the same age, Jim Limber, will [...]

Battlefield park vandalism prompts reward offer

A historic preservation group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who vandalized the Raymond Battlefield Park earlier this month.
Cost of the damage is estimated at more than $2,000, according to Friends of Raymond, the nonprofit organization that put up the reward.
The cost includes $1,500 in damages [...]