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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Sense of Place

‘Northern peace movement was all talk…’

History columnist Jack Mayfield takes us to New York City this week in 1864 when the “Confederate Army of Manhattan,” set fire to several locations, which didn’t do the damage the fire starters had hoped for. (November 23, 2014)

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    Great anticipation over elections in 1864

    President Abraham Lincoln’s second bid for re-election in 1864 caused a lot of concerns among Confederate soldiers who felt the Civil War would continue if Lincoln remained president. (November 9, 2014, Page 3C)

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      Fable Factory’s ‘Adventures of Robin Hood’

      Historian Jack Mayfield takes a break from Oxford’s past and focuses on its future this week while writing about the Fable Factory’s children theatre performance of “Adventures of Robin Hood.” (November 2, 2014, Page 2C)

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        Life in the Confederacy ebbing fast

        Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield continues writing this week about troops in the trenches at Petersburg during the Civil War in 1864. (October 19, 2014, Page 3C)

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          Only in Oxford – Rowan Oak

          Many people know the name of William Faulkner’s Oxford home Rowan Oak, but they may not know its relation to Scottish folklore. According to legend, the rowan tree is a symbol of protection that some believe wards off evil spirits. Keep that in mind if you decide to take a peaceful walk through the Bailey’s Woods Trail that leads to Faulkner’s former home this Halloween. (October 19, 2014, Page 1A)

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            Mammy Callie: William Faulkner’s good and faithful servant

            Jack Mayfield writes this week about Caroline “Mammy Callie Barr, the Faulkner children’s nanny and worked for the family for 38 years. (October 12, 2014, Page 3C)

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              ‘Tithes of Blood: A Confederate Soldier’s Story’

              Historian Jack Mayfield tells the story of Thomas J. Wilkins who survived the Civil War along with two of his four brothers. (October 5, 2014, Page 2C)

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                Surviving the trenches at Petersburg

                Letters written home by Thomas Philemon Buford in 1861 show what life was like in the trenches for the Confederate soldiers from Oxford. (September 28, 2014, Page 2C)

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                  Author to sign fourth ‘Novel of the Old South’

                  Jane Bennett Gaddy’s new book, “Novel of the South,” is out and the author will be in Oxford Thursday to sign copies at Phillips Grocery at 2 p.m. (September 21, 2014, Page 2C)

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                    Lewis family has longtime roots in Oxford

                    Historian Jack Mayfield spends time this week on the history of Oxford’s “oldest department store in the South,” Neilson’s Department Store which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. (September 14, 2014, Page 3C)

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