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Mississippi Battlefields and Other Historic Places

The following list of places in Mississippi which were scenes of conflict in the War Between the States is taken from a pamphlet entitled "The South's Battle Abbey"

1862

Corinth, April 8, 1862; May 17, 1862, and October 3 and 4, 1862.
Farmington, May 3, 1862.
Glendale, May 8, 1862.
Natchez, May 13, 1862.
Booneville, May 30, 1862, and July 1, 1862.
Blackland, June 4, 1862.
Vicksburg United States Fleet, June 26 to 29, 1862.
Coahoma County, August 2, 1862.
Rienzi and Kossuth, August 26, 1862.
Iuka, September 19 and 20, 1862
Coldwater, September 10, 1862
Metamora, October 5, 1862.
Hudsonville, November 8, 1862.
Summerville, November 26, 1862.
Coffeeville, December 5, 1862.
Holly Springs, December 20, 1862.
Davis Mills, December 21, 1862.
Chickasaw Bayou, December 28 and 29, 1862.

1863

Prairie Station, February 21, 1863.
Mississippi River, below Vicksburg, February 24, 1863.
Port Pemberton (near Greenwood), Mar. 13, to April 5, 1863.
Hernando and Coldwater, April 18 and 19, 1863.
Grand Gulf, April 29, 1863,
Port Gibson, May 1, 1863.
Raymond, May 12, 1863.
Jackson, May 14, 1863.
Champion Hills, May 16, 1863.
Big Black River, May 17, 1863.
Vicksburg United States Fleet, Siege, May 18 to July 4, 1863.
Bolton and Birdsong Ferry, July 4 and 5, 1863.
Iuka, July 7 and 9, 1863.
Yazoo City, July 13, 1863.
Natchez, July 8, 1863, and November 11, 1863.
Jackson, Bolton Depot, Canton, and Clinton, July 9 to 16, 1863.
Canton, July 17, 1863.
Grenada, August 13, 1863.
Coldwater, August 21, 1863.
Wyatt's and Ingram's Mills, October 12 and 18, 1863.
Canton, Brownsville, and Clinton, October 15 to 18, 1863
Bay Springs, or Vincent's Cross Roads, October 26, 1863.
Ripley and Moscow Station, December 1 to 4, 1863.
Rodney and Port Gibson, December 17 to 26, 1863.

1864

Yazoo River expedition, February 1 to March 8, 1864.
Near Canton, February 27 and 28, 1864.
Yazoo City expedition, including Benton and Vaughn, May 4 to 13, 1864.
Holly Springs, May 24, 1864, and August 27 and 28, 1864.
Brice's Cross Roads (near Guntown), June 10, 1864.
Abbeville, Oxford and Hurricane Creek, August 7 to 14, 1864.
Vicksburg United States Fleet, Siege, Battle, July 4, 1864.
Coleman's Plantation, July 4 and 5, 1864.
Grand Gulf, July 10 and 17, 1864.
College, or Oxford Hill, August 21 and 22, 1864.
Abbeville, August 23, 1864.
Hurricane Creek, October 23, 1864.
Egypt Station, December 28, 1864.
Expedition from Vicksburg to Meridian, with engagements at: (February 3 to March 5, 1864)
Champion Hills, (16)
Raymond, (19)
Clinton, (20)
Jackson, (23)
Decatur, (24)
Chunkey Station, (24) (occupation of)
Meridian, (25)
Lauderdale, (26)
Marion, (26)

1865

Franklin, Jan. 2, 1865.

Historical Information

Mr. John H. Evans, of DeSoto, Miss., has prepared a manuscript sketch giving the location and a minute description of the Choctaw Missionary Station at Emmaus in Clarke County, Mississippi, March 15, 1901.

In "Last Indian Council on the Noxubee River," by H. S. Halbert, has given the location and description of the Choctaw Agency in Oktibbeha County and the Choctaw Council House on the Noxubee River.

Rev. W. W. Moore, Daleville, Miss., has identified Gen. Sam. Dale's grave. Mr. H. S. Halbert has made diligent inquiry in regard to Gen. Dale's papers, but has failed to find them.

Mr. H. S. Halbert has the following papers in preparation:

1. Story of the treaty of Dancing Rabbit, with a general description of the treaty ground and a minute description of the council ground, where the treaty was made and signed.
2. Historical sketches of the Choctaw towns on Bernard Roman's Map of 1772, giving their location. To this will be added an appendix, giving an account of some Choctaw towns not recorded on Roman's Map.
3. An account of Choctaw Trails.
4. Etymology of Indian names, water courses, and localities in Mississippi.

Historic Places

New Albany, Union County thought by Dr. Agnew to be the site of Alibamo, the place from which DeSoto was forced to retire in May, 1541.

Near Bethanny, Lee County, lived Tishomingo, an eminent chief of the Indians (Chickasaws).

Little Rock, Arkansas, is the burial place of Tishomingo. He died there on his way to the Territory, and not at Iuka, Mississippi, as many say.

The Chickasaw King lived a few miles southwest of New Albany at what was once known as the Brewster Place.

The town in which D'Artoguette perished is thought to have been located in Union County.

The Old Indian Council House is about 200 yards east of the South West corner of South E. of section 27, T. 10, R. 3, 51 miles south of Pontotoc. The old Natchez Trace passes near this Council House.

Ledbetter Place on Big Black River is the site of the first Court House of Yazoo County. Benton the site of the second Court House and Yazoo City of the third, 1850. The old Benton Court house was burned by the Federal soldiers 1863.

The old Navy Yard below Yazoo City was the scene of the blowing up of the Gun Boat, "DeKalb."

White's place four miles above Yazoo City, was the scene of the capture of the Flag Ship, "Petral," by Gen. Wirt Adams.

Sandy Springs Church, one mile east of Blue Mountain, is the burial place of Mrs. Nancy McCain, widow of a Revolutionary soldier. There is a short sketch of her, by Dr. E. M. Alexander in the Historical Society Archives.

Macedonia Grave Yard, one mile north of Blue Mountain holds the remains of John Riley, a veteran of the Revolution. There is a short sketch of him in the Mississippi Historical Society Archives.

General M. P. Lowrey is buried about a mile from Blue Mountain at Macedonia Grave Yard.

General Samuel Benton and Judge Orlando Davis are buried at Holly Springs.

Hon. John W. Thompson is buried in Rucker Grave Yard four miles east of Ripley.

Runnels Creek, Lawrence County, named for Harmon Runnels, one of the pioneers of the county and the father of Gov. Runnels.

La Cache, home of Blennerhasset, seven miles from Port Gibson.

Jefferson County In it is to be found:

1. The first brick structure, a dwelling, built in Mississippi Territory.
2. The house in which Andrew Jackson was married.
3. The house in which Aaron Burr was held (Calveton) is twelve miles west of Fayette.
4. The remains of old Fort Yazoo, built on the banks of the Mississippi river, now many miles distant.
5. A monument to Frederick Rex Whitney (one of John Paul Jones men) erected by U. S. Government.
6. Monument to Adam Rum erected by State Legislature.

The old house in which General Bedford Forest lived when a young man still stands in Herhando, Mississippi.

 

The Mississippi Historical Commission Publications, Volume V, Edited by Franklin L. Riley,
Secretary, 1902

 

 

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