This week 150 years ago in the Civil War saw Union and Confederate gunboats vying for control of the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries.
The winter of 1863 brought a formidable, new player to the fray: a powerful ironclad riverboat called the USS Indianola.
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Civil War buffs can now hear the thoughts of those involved in a major Civil War battle.
On Friday, September 21, a new audio CD was released by Shiloh National Military Park entitled “Voices of Corinth.”
This new CD features the words of participants, both military and civilian, as they describe their experiences of Corinth, Mississippi during the war.
Despite his Southern upbringing, Col. Benjamin Franklin “Grimes” Davis remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War, serving as a commander in the Federal cavalry. On Sept. 14, 1862, Davis confronted Col. Dixon Miles over the fate of his cavalry command at Harpers Ferry. Davis refused to be captured or surrender to the Confederates, proposing a daring breakout that would take him and the 8th New York Cavalry to safety.
Re-enactor Barry Ayers says preparing for a battle takes a year to get things all together, but now that the first re-enactment of The Battle of Iuka in 25 years is just days away all the details are falling into place.
“We carry both color uniforms, but we will be Federal this weekend because we are the host unit,” says Ayers.
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The turning point of the Civil War was the surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., on July 4, 1863, and the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg the previous day. The capture of Vicksburg gave the Union control of the Mississippi River and ensured the survival of the Union. In keeping with the importance of the victory, considerable energy and expense has gone into re-creating the historic landscape of the Vicksburg battlefield.
The visitors center has an excellent 20-minute film that uses re-enactors, old pictures and commentary from people who were trapped in the town while it was being shelled.
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Events marking the 150th anniversary of Vicksburg’s pivotal role in the Civil War will get under way in October with re-enactments in Raymond, the site of a May 12, 1863, battle.
Vicksburg National Military Park Superintendent Mike Madell and Friends of Raymond president Ben Fatherree outlined celebration plans this week to the Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals.
Gloria Bailey wanted to plant a garden behind her manufactured home on D.J. Johnson Road in Edwards. So she hired someone to plow the land.
They unearthed more than dirt.
“We started to find these big chunks of concrete,” she said. “I was picking them up and throwing them to the side. Then I found a giant piece.”
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The next two weeks are expected to be busy as people crowd into Corinth to celebrate 150 years of two of the most influential battles in the Civil War.
“There are thousands of re-enactors expected and probably that many more spectators,” says Corinth Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kristy White.
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