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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Sense of Place

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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        More ‘early recollections’ of Oxford by the Rev. E.A. Smith

        Historian Jack Mayfield shares some more of the Rev. E.A. Smith’s thoughts from 1910 about Oxford’s past. (September 7, 2014, Page 2C)

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          ‘The Square is a horrid sight’

          Historian Jack Mayfield continues his series this week about the burning of Oxford in 1864. (August 29, 2014, Page 3C)

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            Battle of Hurricane Creek and Battle at Weldon Railroad

            Historian Jack Mayfield takes us back to two battles during the Civil War in and near Oxford. (August 15, 2014, Page 2B)

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              The Yankees are in town!

              Historian Jack Mayfield writes this week about Union Gen. Edward Hatch moving troops from north of Oxford into town in the summer of 1864. (August 8, 2014, Page 3B)

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                ‘It’s the end of the world and I ain’t repented yet!’ — The Crater

                One hundred and fifty years ago this past Wednesday, an event happened in the trench earthworks the Confederates had to fortify Petersburg, Virginia, just a few miles down the road from Richmond. If Gen. Ulysses Grant’s men had taken advantage of the event, they may have hastened the end of the Civil War by nine months. (August 1, 2014, Page 2B)

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                  Scenes of Oxford on the eve of the ‘Grand Conflagration’

                  Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about more old Oxford homes including the home of William S. Neilson, who opened the still-open Neilson’s Department Store. (July 25, 2014, Page 3B)

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                    Untold story: High school football player who died after 1961 homecoming game injury remembered at 50th class reunion

                    In November of 1961, students of the predominantly black Oxford Training School, that would be renamed Central High School in 1962, paraded around Oxford square with floats to the beat of a marching band showing their school pride and purple and gold colors. (more…) (July 23, 2014, Page 1)

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