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A Sense of Place

Yankees plunder Oxford

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)

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    Oxford-Lafayette County Jail – another lost building

    Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)

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      First UM commencement didn’t have graduating class

      Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield, in honor of this week’s graduation at the University of Mississippi, takes a look back at the school’s first commencement exercises in 1849, a commencement without any graduates from the new school. (May 7, 2010, Page 2B)

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        Celebrating Jacob Thompson’s 200th birthday

        Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look at the accomplishments of one of Oxford’s most distinguished citizens, Jacob Thompson as the University Museum, the city of Oxford and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation gets set to celebrate Thompson’s birthday with a special event on May 11. (April 30, 2010, Page 2B)

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          Origins of Ole Miss Rebels and Colonel Rebel

          Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back to the 1930s when the University of Mississippi nicknamed its athletic teams the Rebels and created a mascot named Colonel Rebel. (April 16, 2010, Page 2B)

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            Garden Club presents ‘A Standard Flower Show’

            Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a closer look at the 50-plus year history of the Oxford Garden Club as it prepares for an upcoming flower show. (April 9, 2010, Page 3B)

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              Before we were the Ole Miss Rebels

              Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at who the Ole Miss Rebels were before they were Rebels. He traces them back to their days as the Red and Blue and then the Mississippi Flood, a name picked in a contest in the 1920s. (April 2, 2010, Page 3B)

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                Centers of rural life now just memories

                A SENSE OF PLACE — Ever heard of Alesville, Blackwater, Dallas, Eaton, Dogtown, Gault, Gomez, Keel or Shinault? Local history columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us through the remnants of what were once thriving little communities around Lafayette County. (March 26, 2010, Page 1B)

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                  Revolutionary War vet buried at St. Peter’s

                  A SENSE OF PLACE — Oxford and Lafayette County may not have been settled until the 1830s, but a settler from an even earlier era lies in Oxford’s historic cemetery. Born in Virginia in 1759, Daniel Green McKie had reached age 77 — an achievement in itself in that time — when he arrived in Lafayette County with his family. He lived only three years more, and his unmarked grave was later given a headstone by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (March 19, 2010, Page 2B)

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                    Extinct town aimed to rival Memphis as port

                    A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)

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